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14 May 2020 | RiverBank Estate

RiverBank Estate Winery and Restaurant re-opens on 20th May with new Executive Chef and exciting Modern Mediterranean food and wine focus.

 

RiverBank Estate Winery and Restaurant has been a must visit venue of the Swan Valley food and wine scene for many years. Just prior to the current restrictions the Lembo family, owners of RiverBank Estate since 2017, were delighted to announce the appointment of their new Executive Chef, Kiren Mainwaring, who brings a wealth of experience in the Swan Valley and an exciting new Mediterranean and locally sourced produce focus to the restaurant. Owner, Eric Lembo has confirmed that the restaurant will open in line with phase two restrictions on Wednesday 20th May with two sittings per day at 11am and 1.30pm for 20 guests each.

Welsh born Kiren Mainwaring joins RiverBank Estate after recently owning Co-op Dining in East Perth and Dear Friends in the Swan Valley. His reputation and philosophy toward his food is championing small local producers and sourcing the best the region has to offer. His menus have been awarded for their innovation and quality. Combine this focus on produce with access to an on-site dry ager, aging local farmed Western Australian beef for up to 90 days, inhouse cured continental meat cabinets, live fish tanks containing sustainably caught Western Australian yabbies, marron, crayfish and fish, and an in-house smoker, you can be guaranteed the menu will inspire, excite and satisfy.

(Image: Digby Leddin, Kiren Mainwaring and Eric Lembo)

“I am very happy to be back in the Swan Valley as it’s a region close to my heart. I’m excited to utilize all the fantastic equipment here at Riverbank Estate. The menu will be modern Mediterranean influenced with a focus on bringing family and friends together. Freshness and simplicity with inhouse cured and smoked premium meats, aged beef and Cappretto, and live shellfish.  We will have a strong emphasis on food and wine matching. We have some seriously good wines here and with my background in degustation we will have a lot of fun” explains Mainwaring.

It has been an interesting few months for Kiren and the kitchen team at RiverBank Estate. The temporary closure of the restaurant came just weeks after he joined the team, but owner Eric Lembo was determined to keep the kitchen team employed, so diverted them into the vineyard, working under the watchful eye of Senior Winemaker Digby Leddin. Kiren says the opportunity to work in the vineyard has provided him a far greater understanding of the terroir of the estate and respect for the wine produced. “Even getting into the winery and on the bottling line was fun and gave me an appreciation for the work that goes into producing every bottle of wine”.

At Riverbank Estate the cellar door, winery and restaurant have taken out many awards over the past few years. These include:

  • Most Successful Producer plus multiple trophies at the 2019 Singapore Airlines Swan Valley Wine Show
  • Multiple 94+ pointed wines from James Halliday and Huon Hooke of The Real Review
  • Winner at the WA Gold Plate Awards for Best Restaurant in a Winery from 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and the Prix d’Amour Hall of Fame for winning three years in a row.
  • Best Small Cellar Door & Cellar Door Experience in 2019 and 2020 – Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine
  • Best Small Producer – Ray Jordan’s WA Wine Guide 2019

The winery is led by Senior Winemaker, Digby Leddin who joined in 2017 and has been instrumental in driving the success of the wines since. Leddin has spent 24 years in the Swan Valley of which two decades where at Lamont’s Winery. He says “Vintage 2020 caps off three consecutive, exceptional harvests for the Swan Valley. The quality of the fruit and the resultant wines is very exciting for both myself as winemaker and the Lembo family! Covid may have temporarily slowed down sales but for RiverBank Estate the reopening of the restaurant will coincide with the launch of our new release wines, the 2018 red blends amongst the highlights”.

Booking can be made in the restaurant by calling (08) 9377 1805.

RIVERBANK ESTATE WINERY AND RESTAURANT:

RiverBank Estate Winery was established in 1988 and has also been operating as a restaurant since 1999. The estate is an award-winning winery with several gold plates and multiple award-winning wines in its portfolio.

The property offers a stunning natural setting on the banks of the Swan complemented by a manicured lawn overlooking the vineyards. The 30-year-old vineyard is comprised of 18 varieties of wine grapes on 30 acres of mature low yielding vines. There is a total of five white varieties : Verdelho, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay and Vermentino , and a total of 12 Red varieties; Tempranillo, Malbec, Grenache, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Nero D’Avola and Mataro.

The venue features the main structure which can be transformed from a restaurant setting into a stunning wedding and events location. The lawn area is the designated ceremony location and for good reason; overlooking the vineyards, this ceremony spot has 180-degree, panoramic views towards the Swan River and the historical landmark of Woodbridge House.

For media enquiries contact:

Eric Lembo, Owner, 0419 902 244 eric@riverbankestate.com.au

Toni Carlino, Marketing Manager, 0438 612 365 marketing@riverbankestate.com.au

Time Posted: 14/05/2020 at 2:15 PM
RiverBank Estate
 
15 November 2019 | RiverBank Estate

Triple Trophy Win for RiverBank Estate Winery

RiverBank Estate Winery’s Senior Winemaker Digby Leddin, Director Eric Lembo, and Restaurant Manager Ellie Lucy celebrate another distinguished award for their Eric Anthony Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017.
 
The 2019 Singapore Airlines Swan Valley Wine Show awards night, held on 8 November 2019, saw family owned and operated RiverBank Estate Winery win a staggering three trophies:
• Trophy for Best Sparkling Wine for Eric Anthony Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017
• Trophy for Best Non-Greater Perth Zone Wine for Eric Anthony Chardonnay 2018
• The Media Award Trophy: Most Successful Producer (highest accumulated points overall) with 3 gold, 5 silver, 11 bronze, and a total of 41 points
• Also achieved the Award for Best Rosé of Show for Rebellious Rosé 2019
 
Other accolades achieved on the night include second-best Rosé for On The Run Sweet Rosé 2019, and gold medal for Rebellious Tempranillo 2018.
 
RiverBank Estate Winery’s Senior Winemaker, Digby Leddin, said the extraordinary accomplishment is testament to the small business’ hard work and dedication.
 
“Winning the Most Successful Producer at the Singapore Airlines Swan Valley Wine Show was an exceptional result given we are just three Vintages into our RiverBank adventure. I am very proud of the wine we produce and am humbled that the judges, wine media and our customers are enjoying them too! Wine shows can be a great leveller, where a guy in a shed can take on some of the best resourced wineries in the state and win!” said Mr. Leddin.
 
The property was purchased by the Lembo family on 14 January 2017, and within less than three-years, has amassed over 100 awards for its On The Run, Rebellious and Eric Anthony labels. The venue was also named “Small Producer of the Year” by leading wine writer Ray Jordan in The West Australian’s 2019 Wine Guide, and “Best Small Cellar Door in the Swan Valley 2019” by Peter Forrestal in Gourmet Traveller.
 
The restaurant has also experienced an abundance of success this year. With four Gold Plate awards already in its portfolio – won in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018 – in 2019, the property will be inducted into the Prix D’Honneur Hall of Fame.
 
Eric Lembo, RiverBank Estate Winery’s Director, said it was an immensely rewarding experience to work alongside the team in turning the business around in such a short period of time.
 
“2017 was a tough year for us when we purchased the property, but with determination and persistence, we were able to produce not only some of the best wines in Western Australia, but some of the best cuisines as well. I am very proud of our team,” said Mr. Lembo.
 
With 2019 coming to an end, the team at RiverBank Estate Winery have big plans and expectations for the new decade to come, with 2020 already seeing the official release of their premium Best Barrels Blend Bossman 2017.
 
“Bossman is a blend of the best parcels of red from the vintage. The soon to be released Bossman 2017 is blended from Donnybrook Malbec and Shiraz,” said Mr. Leddin.
 
More on RiverBank Estate Winery:
• Wine Club with exclusive member specials and rewards
• Live tanks of sustainable land-based seafood including Kojonup yabbies, Great Southern marron, Murray River cod and • Western Australian crayfish
• Ageing cabinets with 30-45 day old Western Australian beef
• Italian street food with live music every Sunday from 11AM to 2:30PM
 
For media enquiries, please contact Eric Lembo on 9377 1805 or eric@riverbankestate.com.au.
 
 
Time Posted: 15/11/2019 at 6:45 PM
RiverBank Estate
 
16 April 2019 | RiverBank Estate

Small Producer of the Year 2019

Click here to read the full April edition of the Swan Magazine. 

Time Posted: 16/04/2019 at 3:00 PM
RiverBank Estate
 
20 December 2018 | RiverBank Estate

Valley Set for Top Vintage

Time Posted: 20/12/2018 at 2:40 PM
RiverBank Estate
 
14 December 2018 | RiverBank Estate

RiverBank Estate Winery produces a top drop

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Time Posted: 14/12/2018 at 1:15 PM
RiverBank Estate
 
19 November 2018 | RiverBank Estate

Rising River by Ray Jordan

Time Posted: 19/11/2018 at 5:54 PM
RiverBank Estate
 
19 November 2018 | RiverBank Estate

It's a Winner in Winestate Magazine

Outside of Australia’s mainstream wines, an emerging range of new varietals is turning heads and stimulating palates.

Amongst these wines are our multi-award winning 2017 Rebellious Vermentino and 2017 Rebellious Petit Verdot. Having entered our wines into the prestigious Winestate competition, and achieving a high 4.5 star rating for two, this is a significant achievement to say the least. 

        

Featured on page 72 and page 76 of Winestate Magazine

Time Posted: 19/11/2018 at 5:18 PM
RiverBank Estate
 
7 June 2018 | RiverBank Estate

RiverBank goes to City Wine

Published on June 6, 2018 in the Joondalup Weekender, Wanneroo Weekender and North Coast Weekender.

FANCY a glass of vermentino, petit verdot, fiano or nero d'Avola? 
These are some of the lesser known wines being made in the Swan Valley and the new winemak­er at RiverBank Estate, Digby Led­din, wants to persuade consumers to give them a try. 
After 20 years at Laments, Digby joined RiverBank under new owner­ship of the Lembo family, inheriting llha of vineyard with 13 varieties of grapes. 
While the Swan Valley is known for producing and successfully pro­moting its verdelho and chenin blanc, Digby is keen to encourage customers to try some of the less well-known wines that flourish in the region. 
To do that, RiverBank is partici­pating in food and wine festivals for the very first time, making its debut with City Wine at the Perth Cultural Centre on June 8 and 9. 
"Most of our sales are going to be through cellar door so we need to get out and meet the public, retail­ers and wholesalers, anyone we can," Mr Leddin said. 
RiverBank will be promoting new labels and lines released in Septem­ber 2017: 'On The Run' and 'Rebel­lious'. The names are based around the now defunct Riverbank Deten­tion Centre next door to the winery at 126 Hamersley Road, Caversham. 
With the RiverBank cellar door focusing on alternative varieties, Rebellious aims to showcase wines that are not quite mainstream like vermentino, fiano, nero d'Avola, and a new label may soon be in the works to cater to export demands for mainstream varieties like semil­lon sauvignon, shiraz and cabernet. The Run will be offering a newly bottled sweet rose, a chardonnay semillon verdelho blend, a cabernet 
merlot blend and a non-vintage bubbles blend, while Rebellious in­cludes a verdelho, a trophy-winning vermentino from Blackwood for Best WA Alternate White, and a top­selling rose blend made last year despite floods to 60 per cent of the vineyard. 
City Wine will celebrate five years of bringing leading WA bou­tique wineries to the heart of Perth when the two-day festival runs at the Urban Orchard on June 8 and 9. 
As well as wine, beverages from 27 stalls will include craft beer, cider and spirits and a sparkling drinks bar. 
And for those who fancy a cock­tail there will be a Mojito Bar. Tapas style food will be avail­able.

Time Posted: 07/06/2018 at 10:08 AM