At the International Riesling Challenge in Canberra in 2012, Ravensworth’s 2012 Riesling hit the jackpot, beating all comers to win top wine of show, an amazing achievement for a small-production local wine in international company. If nothing else, it signaled to the wider world that Ravensworth had arrived, something we scribes already knew as we’d been enjoying Bryan Martin’s wines for years.
“Riesling is king again”, frothed the headline. An online survey of 6,000 wine drinkers has resulted in riesling getting the popular vote ahead of chardonnay, with sauvignon blanc being relegated to third preference, although 40% of respondents still chose savvy as their favourite wine. The