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Excited to be a part of the Halliday @winecompanion featured wineries for Orange, interview with Will and a great review of our 2022 RIKARD Black Label Chardonnay.

Read the full story online. Join us at the winery to taste the Chardonnay and our full range of iconic small batch wines.
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In good company with @angullongwines @philipshaw_hoosegg @stockmansridge @tamburlaineorganicwines

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Bells On @ RIKARD at the winery - Saturday 11th May 2024 - our exclusive wine club members event.
An event like no other, join our Bell Club for exclusive and priority invitations, access to museum and limited release wines and member discounts to Rikard wines and experiences.

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Vintage is almost done. The weather is cooling down (not quite snowy yet!) & we were chuffed to see we've been included in the @therealrvw Top Wineries for 2024!

We'd love to welcome you this weekend to taste our wines at cellar door. Bookings via link in bio

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Vintage 2024 @ RIKARD: early start means an early end. As the harvest draws to a close, we’ve made space to re-open wine tasting earlier!

From this Saturday 6th April, the winery is open to share our wines with you and all our stories from soil to bottle with wine tasting experiences in ...the place where we make our wines.

Book ahead online or call us so we know to save you a seat. Link in bio.

If you’re in town this weekend - you’ll see Kimberley and Carine at the Orange FOOD week night markets pouring your favourite RIKARD wines.
The markets have been moved to the Naylor Pavilion at the Showgrounds, due to weather. Head to @orangefoodweek for all the details.

We’re looking forward to seeing you soon! 🍷

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Vintage 2024 @ RIKARD: the stars aligned for our last pick of the harvest. Our small Shiraz vineyard, Amboseli sits at almost 900m above sea level and is a place where we see the rewards of our work in the vineyard in every drop.
This year we pruned late, after budburst so the vines would ...re-shoot. We wanted to see if we could manipulate the vines to put us a few weeks behind, so we would harvest in late March and not February.
It worked perfectly - taking advantage of the late summer’s warm sunny days and our best canopy at this vineyard yet - vertical vines, airflow, sunlight and a perfectly weighted, even crop. Our biggest tonnage from Amboseli and beautiful dark fruit.

Harvested in the sunrise with a full moon overhead, now in fermenters in the winery with our smallest Rikard-Bell on the crush and proud to have Shiraz hands like her dad!

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Vintage 2024 @ RIKARD: the pretty Pinot pick.
A healthy crop of Pinot Noir, with our ever strengthening vines thriving in the warm conditions and achieving lovely ripeness.

Some beautiful aromatics coming off the fermenters at the moment. We’ve split the pick into two ferments, one ...with 30% and the other 50% whole bunches. Plunging twice a day.

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Vintage 2024 @ RIKARD: happiness is the highest. Riesling picks at 1080m above sea level. Best crop we’ve had from up here at our resurrection vineyard. Vines showing better vigour and health because of the hard work and attention throughout the year.

Some lovely musk and floral ...characters in the skins when eating these (don’t worry, we’ve got plenty for wines as you can see). Riesling pick featuring Brenda and Tom!
We’re planning to ferment wild in large oak, with a small portion on skins.

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Vintage 2024 @ RIKARD: we haven’t experienced a vintage quite like this yet in Orange; it’s early, yes, and we’ve seen those before.
But early usually indicates a warmer season, faster sugar accumulation, slightly undeveloped phenological ripeness and lower natural acids - not this year!...

This year it’s beautiful flavours, no disease, lovely ripeness at lower sugars and strong acid retention in the juice.

Chardonnay seems to be the star of the show, so far. We’ve seen some amazingly tasty bins of fruit come into the winery in the last two weeks, all from our lower vineyard sites at 850m. We expect the cooler sites above 950m to be ready within a fortnight.

Plenty of fruit still to come. We’re maybe a third of the way through. It’s all shaping up beautifully.

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Vintage24 @ RIKARD: the very good looking room.

Its beginning to look a lot like vintage with the barrel room starting fill up. We still have lots on the floor as the Chardonnay ferments are foaming and have just met a new reptilian supervisor!

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