RIVERBANK Estate Winery, a small family owned and operated boutique winery in Swan Valley, has been named small producer of the year by wine writer Ray Jordan.
Since the purchase of the venue by the Lembo family in 2017, the business has rebranded and amassed more than 80 awards and medals for its very own Rebellious and On The Run wine range in competitions across Australia.
The wines are all warm climate varietals and Swan Valley Estate fruit.
Mr Jordan said RiverBank Estate, which was first planted in 1988 and now has nearly 12ha of low yielding vines, produced exceptional fruit that was hand-crafted into regional, varietal wines, vinified and bottled on-site.
Senior winemaker Digby Leddin said the winery believed the Swan Valley was reinvigorating itself with the quality of wine being produced in the area.
“Alternative varieties will definitely play a big part in this, and we’re happy to be at the forefront of this change,” he said .
Director Eric Lembo said everyone at RiverBank Estate Winery felt both humbled and excited to receive the title.
“The Lembo family prides itself on making their own wine,’’ he said. “With this accolade from Ray Jordan, we have even bigger and better expectations for our newly released Eric Anthony range,” he said.
Eric Anthony was released on November 30 and includes méthode champenoise Pemberton Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Margaret River Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Frankland River Shiraz.
The wines are all handpicked and aged in new French oak.
This year RiverBank Estate Winery’s restaurant won Gold Plate for restaurant within a winery for the third year in a row.