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Rivergate Wines

www.rivergatewines.com.au

580 Goornong Rd, Axedale, 3551

Cellar Door: By appointment

Ph: (03) 5439 7367

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Rivergate Wines is the Kerr family business producing intense flavoured, full-bodied Shiraz from 2 ha at Axedale, midway between Bendigo and Heathcote.

The hand picked fruit was vintaged at Bendigo Wineworks at the local TAFE under the direction of winemaker and TAFE lecturer Mal Steward.

The wines are contract made at the wine-making facilities at TAFE. In the best vintages a small amount of reserve Shiraz is made.

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)

Rivergate Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: April 2017, glossy and concentrated mulberry and dark plums with anise, white pepper and mint notes, earthy and medium-full bodied with grainy tannins and coffee/vanilla oak, good acid and length, the winery holds back the release for a few years so they are designed for the longer haul than my earlier reviews anticipated (revised by tasting back vintages) (***1/2)

Rivergate Reserve Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2013, mellowing and earthy dark plums and blackberry with mint, anise and white pepper notes, secondary savoury development with lingering grainy oak tannins, creamy mocha/vanilla from the US and French oak barriques is well infused into the medium-full bodied palate (***1/2)< /p>

Rivergate Reserve Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, slightly hazy colour, powerful redcurrant and dark plum with liquorice and mint notes, full bodied with ample mocha-coffee oak and grainy tannins, fresh cut of acid with a slightly warm finish (***1/2)

Rivergate Bendigo Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: April 2009, a return to the more medium bodied, savoury style after lush 2005 vintage, plum and mulberry with some under-ripe rhubarb features, plenty of coffee oak, dusty tannins (***)

Rivergate Bendigo Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2008, fairly lush and richly flavoured with blackberry and black cherry, anise and oodles of rich chocolate, medium-full bodied with a powdery underlying texture, coffee and chocolate oak with fine, slightly dusty tannins and good length, rather obvious crowd pleasing appeal but does it well (****)

Rivergate Bendigo Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, ripe blackberry, plum and cassis with dark chocolate and liquorice features, medium-full bodied herbally palate, French and American oak, fairly smooth but the tannins will last the distance (***1/2)

Rivergate Reserve Bendigo Shiraz 2002

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2006, intense plum and cassis with coffee and liquorice features, not jammy, cedar oak and dry but firm tannic structure (****)

Rivergate Bendigo Shiraz 2002

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2006, concentrated plum and cassis with mocha-coffee and anise features, medium bodied, cedar oak and drying tannins (***1/2)

Rivergate Bendigo Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2006, concentrated and jammy plum and cassis with mocha-coffee features, palate shows some signs of stewed fruit not evident in the 2002 vintage, cedar oak and drying tannins (***)