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2017 Ravensworth Riesling

Canberra District, NSW

An awe-inspiring release of Riesling from Canberra cult hero, Bryan Martin.

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If you are into Clonakilla wines, then your cellar should be stocked with Ravensworth.

Mike Bennie

About The Wine

Those that have ever tasted the exquisite wines from the Clonakilla stable should know that most of them have been touched by the hands of Ravensworth owner/winemaker/butcher/purveyor of smoked meats, Bryan Martin.

The Ravensworth project is a chance for him to captain his own ship. The wines are some of the best value in the country.

This is a scintillating expression of Riesling. Nothing fancy (apart from a small component made in ceramic egg). Just amazing fruit made with a gentle and precise touch. It was no surprise to us that we loved this, as we have loved everything we have tried from Bryan recently. Our only gripe is that he never makes enough.

 

About Ravensworth

Bryan Martin is a winemaker at the height of his powers. Setting aside the exceptional work he is doing behind the scenes at regional flagbearer, Clonakilla, his Ravensworth wines have become some of the Canberra region’s hottest releases. Bryan’s winemaking style is equal parts science and artistic flair. He’s an adventurous spirit trapped in the body of a technical virtuoso. A concert pianist jamming to free jazz. It’s a killer combination. His range is full of alternative varieties and whacky blends, with texture and balance the key in everything. Truly unique wines from a region on the up and up and some of Canberra’s most sort after wines.

About Ravensworth

Bryan Martin is a winemaker at the height of his powers. Setting aside the exceptional work he is doing behind the scenes at regional flagbearer, Clonakilla, his Ravensworth wines have become some of the Canberra region’s hottest releases.

Bryan’s winemaking style is equal parts science and artistic flair. He’s an adventurous spirit trapped in the body of a technical virtuoso. A concert pianist jamming to free jazz. It’s a killer combination.

His range is full of alternative varieties and whacky blends, with texture and balance the key in everything. These are unique wines from a region on the up and up and now some of Canberra’s most sought-after wines.

Bryan Martin in his natural habitat
Bryan Martin in his natural habitat
Ravensworth Winery, Canberra
Additional Info

From The Producer

VINEYARD

Our estate on Patemans lane and then a lot from our good friend Richard Parker (Not the tiger) from Long Rail gully which is about 10 clicks away to the north.

SOIL

Varied but mostly the regional duplex, decomposed granite, red loamy clay

SLOPE

Varied

VINTAGE NOTES

A much later bud burst set the season up for a later than lately one. Perfect flowering conditions in early December set a moderate crops of near perfect fruit. Some mid-vintage rain clouded our mood but not enough to damage any fruit. So all G as they say.

WINEMAKING NOTES

LRG whole bunch pressed to settling tanks, then racked to stainless steel vats, temperature set at 15C. A pretty uneventful ferment and then cleaned up for an early bottling. Our fruit whole bunched pressed to 4 ceramic eggs, full solids and a much warmer, un-innoculated ferment proceeded.

Note two eggs are still in the cellar to release next year as a counterpoint to this version. Set you clocks to Feb 2018.

ANALYSIS

pH2.85, TA 9.3g/l, RS 3g/l, FSO2 22ppm.

Blend : Riesling (100%)
ABV : 12.00%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml

Bryan Martin with a fist full of grapes
Bryan Martin with a fist full of grapes
Ravensworth Winery, Canberra
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

"From Ravensworth estate vineyard and Long Rail Gully vineyard – a regional representation of riesling from Canberra District, is how it is known. In the wings, a single site wine (from Bryan Martin’s family home vineyard). The wine to be released looks the goods, but isn’t formally named yet as a cuvee – just FYI on all that. This wine, however, has been stellar in past. No slouch now. Difficult to think of many wines this quality at the price, too. Insanity. Or maybe not…Brilliant wine of freshness, deliciousness, ease of drinking yet inherent complexity from pure fruit expression and faint winemaking influences. Shows floral, citrusy, lemongrass spicy, a faint ozone scent and suggestions of slate. Palate has more citrusy tang, composed, vital, long in flavour, embossed with flint/slate mineral character once more. Crystalline texture, indeed. More thanks. Super."

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