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: Ravensworth



Rosehill Vineyard, Patemans Lane, Murrumbateman 2582 (PO Box 116, Mawson, 2607)

Cellar Door : Not

Ph: (02) 6226 8368

Rlabelavensworth is the commercial brand for the Rosehill Vineyard (established 1998) and Martin's Block Vineyard (established in 2000)

The 7 ha of vineyards are a few km south-east of Murrumbateman, with about a third of the plantings devoted to Shiraz (PT23, 1127 & Best's old block clones).

The vineyards areplanted on the rich volcanic soils of the region, friable clay loams over decomposing granites giving the soil profile both good water holding capacity, well drained oxygen rich features - suited to premium Shiraz and Viognier.

The winemaker and vineyard manager is Bryan Martin, who is also the assistant winemaker at Clonakilla, after a long stint at Jeir Creek. The rich plum and blackberry Shiraz Viognier is one of the stand out wines in the Canberra region.

The varieties grown also include: Viognier, Marsanne, Sangiovese, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

New reviews

Ravensworth Tinderry Cabernet Franc Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($36)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting:Feb 2017, light-medium bodied al fresco style with a Sauvignon Blanc co-ferment, smooth and forward plum, forest fruit and passionfruit with herbs and crisp citrus acidity and some loose knit chalky tannins, lacking enough length (***)

Ravensworth Estate Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink:  2017 or 2023 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, from the estate vineyard and two others, partial ferment in ceramic eggs, 5 gms/litre residual sugar, tightly wound lemon sherbet, pear and lime with fennel, brown spice, lees and jasmine notes, linear and steely,  tingly and complex although not particularly long (****)

Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier 2014

Purchased:  Not ($35)

Drink: 2024+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, perfumed, supple and viscous dark plum, stonefruit and cranberry with lavender and apricot blossom florals, some peppery spices and a lick of liquorice, the earthy medium-full bodied palare is still tight and closed at the moment but will open to gamy complexity with a few years in the cellar (*****)

Ravensworth The Grainery Blend 2014

Purchased:  Not ($32)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015,  named after the shed that overlooks the vineyard, floral co-fermented field blend of Marsanne, Roussanne, Chardonnay and Viognier, slightly waxy and honeyed lemon zest, stonefruit and apples with musky spices and orange blossom notes, slippery mouth feel with some wet stone on the finish, fermented in 600 l demi-muids (****)

Ravensworth Murrumbateman Sangiovese 2014

Purchased:  Not ($30)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015,  perfumed and vibrant black cherry and morello cherry with sage and rose petal notes, pure and medium bodied with lacy tannins and juicy acidity, unobtrusive oaking (****)

Ravensworth La Querce Canberra District Sangiovese 2012

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($23)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, Canberra does seem to well suited to Sangiovese, aroamatic, vibrant and fleshy red and black cherries with garden herb, musky spice and leafy notes, savoury medium bodied palate with fine, lacy tannins and the oak kept in the background, I would err on drinking this sooner than later to enjoy the freshness of the fruit (****)

Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier 2009

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, Sept 2010, Silver Medal at Canberra Regional Wine Show 2010, silky and perfumed with a core of dark plum and blueberry fruit with ginger and lavender notes, medium-full bodied palate has savoury roast meat aspects, lingering fine tannins, the intensity of the Shiraz from this vintage puts this in better balance with the Viognier than some recent vintages (****1/2)

Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier 2008

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, Sept 2010, Gold Medal at Canberra Regional Wine Show 2010, perfumed, silky blackberry and black cherry with a creamy/herbally/orange rind mid-palate, lingering savoury tannins, subtle cedary oak, the Shiraz is a bit more elegant and lighter bodied than the 2009 vintage leaving the Viognier component more assertive (****)

Ravensworth Sangiovese 2009

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, Silver Medal at Canberra Regional Wine Show 2010, earthy sour cherry and plum with a touch of blueberry, anise and dried herb, medium bodied and juicy, but infused with some crunchy savoury tannins and vibrant acids (****)

Ravensworth Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, fragrant red apple, passionfruit and lime with musk notes, savoury and minerally with crisp lemony acids, a bit broad and needs more drive (***)

Ravensworth Marsanne 2009

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, spicy and lightly oaked showing lemon zest and pear with tobacco, honeysuckle and cinnamon nuances, savoury and minerally finish with a touch of grilled nuts, a bit broad and forward due to the vintage conditions (***1/2)

Ravensworth Marsanne 2008

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($19)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, focussed spicy and smoky lemon drop, honeysuckle and cinnamon nuances, savoury and minerally, with a whisper of grilled nut from the light oaking, good length (****)

Ravensworth Canberra District Shiraz Viognier 2005

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($30)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: April 2007, tangy plum and blackberry fruit with liquorice, black pepper and dried herb notes, viscous and light-medium bodied palate, spicy Viognier lift with a little too much apricot showing for my taste, still its quite elegant and well made, subtle cedar oak, lingering savoury tannins (****)