Written in the stars

It is quite fitting that near where the University of Tasmania has built a rather enormous radio telescope, a winery has named their wines after stellar constellations. Riversdale Estate is one of seven cellar doors on the road from Cambridge to Richmond, near Hobart, Tasmania, and this one is a real beauty.

With French-inspired decorations, a dining table that looks like it belongs in an 1800’s film set and a stunning view of the vines from the balcony, this is yet another place that a mine enthusiast can really take time-out to think about all the good things in the world of wine.

The tasting list is quite extensive and is simply not possible to try in one visit, so it is very helpful to know what you like before you visit. We had been impressed with Tasmanian Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and dessert wines, so we restricted ourselves accordingly and shared the tasting duties around.

What we liked: There are some amazing wines produced here, mostly very true to the French style of winemaking with barrel-aged Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The Chardonnay is quite wonderful and is probably their best white, by variety; although a number of different examples are available. The Riversdale Estate Riesling was also amazing, and is the cheapest of the Riesling wines made here, so well worth a try.

What we weren’t so keen on: For a winery, cellar door and restaurant, the whole venue just felt understaffed although the staff we did meet were very professional and knowledgeable.

Our verdict: This is a winery not to be missed, but plan your visit and take in the Peter Rabbit Garden as well…