New Raleigh reds ‘irredistible’
RALEIGH Vineyard and Winery has released its highly anticipated 2014/15 reds.
The new release Riverbank Red and Bellarosa are made exclusively from Chambourcin grapes grown at Raleigh.
The Riverbank Red is a light bodied dry wine with great berry fruit characteristics and minimal oak while the Bellarosa is slightly sweet and best served chilled.
The new releases are reflective of the climate, light in body yet full of flavour and aroma.
It is recommended pairing the Bellarosa with Italian food, hence the name.
The local vineyard recently won an Australian Small Winemakers Bronze Award for its 2013 Fox Gully Dry White Villard Blanc which solidifies winemaker (and owner of the family operated vineyard) Vinny Dingle's belief that smaller vineyards in warmer climates can produce award-winning wine that is equal to or better than their bigger, more famous counterparts.
The Raleigh Vineyard was first planted in 1983 with several different grape varieties.
Lavinia 'Vinny' Dingle and her family took over the property in 1989 and in 2001 replanted the vineyard with two fungal resistant grape varieties as the weather patterns indicated a much wetter and hotter future for the Mid North Coast.
The vineyard is now renowned for its Chambourcin (red) and the Villard Blanc (white) wines.
The new release reds are available to sample at the vineyard from Wednesday to Sunday (and every day over the school holiday period).