Last weekend Riverland wines shone brightly at the Adelaide Cellar Door Festival. Phil Reedman delivered the ‘Gems of the Riverland Masterclass’ to a full house of more than 50, none of whom were from the Riverland. At the end of the class he invited the audience to indicate, with a show of hands, if their impressions of our region had been changed for the better. Every hand was held high! Phil presented a similar class in London last year and will be doing likewise at the ProWein Fair at Düsseldorf in Germany later this month. The Gems may not revolutionise Riverland wines but by crikey, they have had a huge positive influence on how the region is perceived locally and internationally. The Riverland wine ‘cringe’ is being laid to rest by many bold, ambitious and generous members.
Incidentally, a special note of commendation also for Riverland wine producer and Waikerie provedore Keryn Gorman of Illalangi. Keryn provided platters of nibbles, carefully selected to complement each of the six wines produced by Bassham Wines, Byrne Vineyards, Whistling Kite, Caudo Vineyards, 919 Wines and Mallee Estate. These treats complemented the wines superbly but also highlighted the richness and diversity of wine and food from Australia’s only wine region that overlooks the outback!
Spook Hill Wines, from Cadell, and Salena Estate Wines from Loxton also added to the strong Riverland group with exceptional cellar door stands at the festival.