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RAVENSWORTH Neighbourly Shiraz, Hilltops 2021

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RAVENSWORTH Neighbourly Shiraz, Hilltops 2021

RAVENSWORTH Neighbourly Shiraz, Hilltops
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RAVENSWORTH Neighbourly Shiraz, Hilltops
  • Style: Shiraz
  • Vintage: 2021
  • Region: Hilltops
  • Code: RAVNEISHI
  • Varietal: Shiraz
  • Country: Australia

Region Hilltops

Located around the town of Young and next to the Canberra District in Southern NSW, Hilltop’s first vines were planted at the Barwang vineyard in 1975. The region has a continental climate, combined with Franceee-draining rich dark red granite clay soils, ideal for vine growing. All vineyards are planted above the 450-metre contour line, making site selection and altitude considerations important. Hilltops enjoys very favourable ripening conditions, with dry summers and autumns however, irrigation is essential. The wine styles produced include Chardonnay, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

Winery RAVENSWORTH

In 2002, husband and wife Bryan and Jocelyn Martin, and David Martin (Bryan’s brother) bought a vineyard in Murrumbateman. They undertook a programme of regrafting, pulling and planting vines. Today, the lion’s share is Shiraz but there’s also a good measure of Riesling, Sangiovese, and some select white Rhône regulars like Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Then there’s some Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and more recently some Gamay and Nebbiolo. Most everything grows well in the region.  The long and arduous task of revitalising the soil began in earnest. Not overworking the soil, getting rid of the heavy machinery, and manging the vineyard in a way which Bryan describes as ‘what could loosely be called natural forestry principles.’ His approach is to understand that the vines are ‘used to clinging to life in the competitive arena of a forest’ rather than a well-ordered monoculture of the typical vineyard’. To this en

In 2002, husband and wife Bryan and Jocelyn Martin, and David Martin (Bryan’s brother) bought a vineyard in Murrumbateman. They undertook a programme of regrafting, pulling and planting vines. Today, the lion’s share is Shiraz but there’s also a good measure of Riesling, Sangiovese, and some select white Rhône regulars like Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Then there’s some Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and more recently some Gamay and Nebbiolo. Most everything grows well in the region. 

The long and arduous task of revitalising the soil began in earnest. Not overworking the soil, getting rid of the heavy machinery, and manging the vineyard in a way which Bryan describes as ‘what could loosely be called natural forestry principles.’ His approach is to understand that the vines are ‘used to clinging to life in the competitive arena of a forest’ rather than a well-ordered monoculture of the typical vineyard’. To this end, they’ve planted a diverse range of plants with long taproots to work with the vineyard and interact with the vines beneath the soil. 

Shortly after purchasing the vineyard, Bryan joined Tim Kirk fulltime at Clonakilla and has been his righthand man during a period of incredible success in the winery. 

In 2010, the Ravensworth brand was established and two years later, their first wine won the International Riesling Challenge in Canberra in 2012. Putting Ravensworth firmly on the map. 

Since then the range has grown considerably. Estate fruit makes up about half of the output with bought fruit from Tumbarumba, Hilltops and Gundagai with doubtless more to come. The wines using ceramic eggs, (for the Riesling) concrete vats and a variety of oaks. This all suits his winemaking style which is driven by curiosity; it’s creative, even playful. 

Bryan, an ex-chef and an experienced forager, makes wines with food in mind. He’s not looking for maximum extraction, rather balance, savouriness and, most importantly, drinkability.

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ABN: 77 159 767 843. New South Wales: Liquor Act 2007. No Alcohol can be sold or supplied to anyone under 18. It's against the law. License Number: LIQP770010303 Victoria: WARNING - Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, it is an offence: To supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years [Penalty exceeds $19,000]; For a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor [Penalty exceeds $800]. License Number: 32055289