2021 Rebellious Chenin Blanc
RiverBank Estate sits adjacent to the old RiverBank Juvenile Detention Centre which was built in the 1960’s and housed boys who found themselves in trouble with the law. Rebellious holds two meanings; in reference to these troubled youth and to our unique wines being different to the mainstream varietals.
RiverBank Estate was first planted on the fertile banks of the Swan River in 1988 and has grown to encompass nearly thirty acres of mature, low yielding vines, producing exceptional fruit that is lovingly handcrafted into premium, regional, varietal wines, vinified and bottled on-site.
The Chenin Blanc grapes were hand-picked, stored cool overnight before crushing and pressing to tank. The majority was fermented cool to protect aromatics and promote freshness. The remainder was barrel fermented using wild (natural) yeasts on full solids. This portion was blended back in before bottlings to create greater interest, texture and complexity. In addition, the wines was left on ferment lees for five months to also enhance palate texture.
Lifted aromatics of nashi pear, preserved lemon and white flowers followed by a pure fruited, linear palate of quince, lemon and poached pear. This Chenin Blanc may be consumers when youthful and fresh or cellared carefully for several years to develop more complexity and rich toastiness, similar to an aged Hunter Semillon.
Gold - 2021 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards
Bronze - 2021 Geographe Wine Show