4 February 2019 | Raidis Estate
There is a jam-packed year ahead for Billy and his band of loyal followers (Billy Goat club members), and so many reasons for those sitting on the fence to take the plunge and join in the fun (become a Billy Goat club member), not the least of which is that 2018 was an amazing year, and 2019 is going to be bigger, much bigger!
So, to whet your appetite, here are just some of the amazing things in store for Billy Goat club members in 2019 –
Wine and Dine with the Raidis crew and the other Billy members
Raidis Estate plays host to Tasting Australia’s Big Sky Banquet, an amazing 5-course banquet prepared by some amazing local Chefs, and delivered to long table dining at Raidis HQ where you’ll rub shoulders with the Team Raidis and fellow Billy members, and be wined and dined the Raidis Estate way.
The coveted Charcoal Grill
Of course, for lovers of the coveted Charcoal Grill events at Raidis Estate, Chris is all set to go and we have a bunch of events throughout the year where the deliciousness will feature for you to enjoy.
For deliveries, the envy of the Aussie cricket team
Being a Billy Goat club member sets you up for two of the best deliveries of the year. When you become a Billy member, we will send you a dozen of our finest produce twice per year, so you can always have a beautiful Raidis Estate wine on hand for that cheeky mid-week indulgence, or for that special occasion on the weekend.
Take flight with Raidis Estate
And for the piece de resistance, this year we’re not just setting the bar higher than ever before, we’re shooting for the stars with an exclusive Billy Goat members-only trip to Singapore!
Those lucky enough to book will be wined and dined for 4 glorious days in one of the culinary capitals of the world. Prepare to have your taste buds wowed, and to rub shoulders with the team from Raidis Estate, and with fellow club members in sunny Singapore.
And this is just a taste of the events you’ll get an invite to, and that you’ll never forget once you’ve been. We’re throwing caution to the wind in 2019 and putting on our best year yet, and we want you to come along on the journey with us.
So remember, don’t be a silly goat, become a Billy Goat!
29 January 2019 | Raidis Estate
Mama Goat, like any good motherly sort, is always dependable, there through thick and thin but always has a few surprises up her sleeve, and that’s why we love her so much. She raises the Kid(s), she puts Billy in his place and is usually the instigator of the Trip.
We can only assume that on one of these Trips that they went to China somehow, as we can’t come up with any other reason for just how amazingly well suited she is to pair with Peking duck, and who doesn’t love duck pancakes?!
If you’re lucky enough to be in the same place at the same time as our Mama Goat (Merlot) and delicious Peking duck pancakes, you’re in for a real treat. And to sway the odds in your favour here’s the recipe to create something quite amazing and pair with that bottle of Raidis Estate Merlot you already have in your wine fridge.
What you’ll need
1 Peking duck – whole (buy pre-cooked)
½ cup plain flour
2 Tbsp. cornflour
¼ cup water
¼ cup milk
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
6 spring onions, washed
½ cup hoi sin sauce
Combine flour, cornflour, water, eggs, milk and half the butter into food processor and mix until smooth. Pour batter into a jug, cover and set aside for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and brush with remaining butter. Remove a tablespoon of batter and pour into the middle of the pan. Spread to form a thin pancake.
Cook for 2 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 1 minute. Repeat process until all batter is cooked.
Place pre-cooked Peking duck onto the chopping board, and cut meat into long thin portions to fit pancakes.
Place duck piece/s, 2 pieces of spring onion, and a splash of hoi sin sauce into the pancake. Roll up and serve.
And there you have it, a little trip to Peking from the comfort of your own home, and one of Raidis Estate’s finest to go with it.
21 January 2019 | Raidis Estate
As winemakers, we often get asked by people about how the vintage is looking, and whether we’re expecting it to be a great vintage, a good vintage, or something lesser than we’d like.
Luckily for us in the Coonawarra, seldom do we have lesser vintages. It’s more common that we expect either a good or a great vintage as in general, we’re blessed with great conditions to grow grapes.
But how do we know?
Well, there are a whole lot of tell-tale signs leading up to the vintage that give us a good idea of how the vintage will look well before we harvest the grapes and make the wine. So, to give you some insight into what we look for, we thought we’d share just a few of the things:
Just the right amount of rain
Firstly, the condition of the vines is key and this relates to a whole bunch of environmental factors and vineyard management practices. Ideally, we’re looking for a relatively cool, consistent spring with some nice rains to keep the moisture levels up in the soil and ensure that as the vines start to grow all the foliage needed to produce the grapes that they’re not too stressed for water during this time.
Capturing the sunlight
It’s imperative that the vines grow enough leaves during the growing season as it is these leaves that capture the sunlight and convert it into energy for the vines to produce the fruit. If there are not enough leaves, the vine will struggle to produce the energy needed to produce the grapes, and the ones it does produce can get sunburnt. And if there are too many leaves, the quality of the grapes can be affected due to over-shading of the fruit, and it’s a waste of water.
Another sign we can look at is the amount of fruit that the vine is producing in the early stages of the growing season, and as the grapes begin to ripen, we look at the uniformity of the crop to make sure the bunches are all progressing nicely, and that the fruit sets properly into nicely shaped grapes.
Temperature and Sugar
And of course, as the grapes start to ripen and any early growing season concerns have been overcome, we can look at how the sugar is accumulating in the grapes as they ripen. Ideally what we need is sufficient rain early and then we don’t want too much rain during ripening as it dilutes the sugars, flavours etc. of the grapes. The other key factor is the temperature during the growing season as if the weather is too hot, the vines can shut down, they waste water and the leaves get burnt and thus can’t efficiently produce energy for the vine. If the weather is too cold, then the reduction in acidity/ sugar accumulation in the grapes take longer and in some cases, the grapes may never reach optimal ripeness.
So, in a nutshell, these are just an idea of what we can look for in our vineyard and the grapes prior to harvest which shows us what the crop loads will be like, and of course how the quality will look. Luckily for us, we’re nestled nicely in one of Australia’s best winegrowing regions, and it shows in our wines!
14 January 2019 | Raidis Estate
Why did the Chicken cross the road? Well, we’re sure it was chasing one of our Cheeky goats, the namesakes of our delicious Pinot Gris, who love to get out and about and see what this amazing place is all about.
We can’t be mad at them when they try and experience all that this place has to offer, as we love nothing more than to do it ourselves.
Now we can assure you that no chickens were harmed in the great escape above, however, it does get us thinking of how delicious roast chicken is when it finds its way to our table.
And with that in mind, we wanted to share with you one of our special recipes which is the perfect pair for the Cheeky Goat Pinot Gris, but be warned, the Cheeky Goat might just disappear before your eyes too.
What you’ll need
1 large roasting chicken
12 Chat potatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
1 ½ tsp. coriander seeds
¾ tsp. cumin seeds
½ tsp. crushed chilli flakes
1 ¼ tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. paprika
½ tsp. ground cardamom
½ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground turmeric
Combine spice ingredients in mortal and pestle and grind into a homogenous mixture.
Place whole chicken into baking dish. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle spice mixture over chicken making sure to get even coverage. Cut 2 lemons into halves and stuff inside the chicken.
Pre-heat oven to 180C. Surround chicken with Chat potatoes and place into oven. Cook for 1-1.5hrs or until cooked through.
Serve cooked potatoes and chicken with steamed carrots and green beans. Add a knob of butter to vegetables and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
7 January 2019 | Raidis Estate
Temperature control is critical when it comes to wine, and not just during fermentation, but during maturation, storage, and consumption.
During fermentation, temperature significantly affects and controls the rate of the fermentation of sugars in the grapes into alcohol. It also changes the way the wine comes together. A cool fermentation will take longer than a warm fermentation to convert the sugars to alcohol, and will help to retain more of the delicate aromatics in the resulting wine.
A rule of thumb is a longer, cooler fermentation process results in better wine, with softer, more primary fruit characters coming out in the final wine. A warmer fermentation temperature pushes the flavour profile of the wine toward more ‘secondary’ characters and greater extraction from the grapes, and less primary flavours. (For example, a Shiraz with a cool ferment will show more red cherry and perfumed blueberry characters, and when fermented warm, it would be more ‘jammy’ with preserved fruit flavours, rather than juicy berries).
Temperature is just one element of influence the winemaker has over the final wine. If you tasted wine made from the same grapes with the only difference being a 5-10C difference in fermentation temperature, you would be tasting two completely different wines.
Maturation and Storage:
Typically, during maturation, the wine is best kept cool (not cold), and ideally, the temperature kept stable and constant. Significant fluctuations in temperature increase the rate of the ageing process and the wines can become more ‘advanced/ developed’ than is ideal at the time for bottling. This is the same concept as for how you should manage wines in your own cellar at home. Cool, constant temperature means the wine ages slowly and becomes more integrated and balanced in the process.
Now, storage and consumption temperatures are not the same. In storage, you want to slow the ageing process, and the release of volatile (flavour/ aroma) compounds in the wine, but when the wine is being consumed, it’s no longer about trying to reduce the release and development of those compounds for a later date because consumption time is that later date.
Before consuming your wine, it’s important to warm the wine up a little to allow those flavour and aroma compounds to be released which creates that beautiful bouquet you enjoy when the wine is in the glass.
Typically, you should add a few degrees Celsius to the storage temperature of the wine before serving (you can smell when the release happens).
The exact temperature to enjoy each wine at really depends on the wine, and the situation. The best guide is your own sense of taste and smell.
Next time you open a beautiful bottle of Raidis Estate, take note of how long it takes in your glass to warm up from storage and release those gorgeous aromatics that we craft our wines to show.
You’ll know when you like it, and you’ll be glad you took the time to check.
3 January 2019 | Raidis Estate
The new year brings with it some closure on the year that was and gives us a chance to reflect on the things that worked, the things that didn’t, and the things we need to focus on for the year that lies ahead.
At Raidis Estate, 2018 was a massive year for us with so many exciting things happening both in the business and on a personal level. And no matter whether 2018 was a great year or a little less than great for you, it’s important to make sure you start the new year on a high. With that in mind, we’re pulling out the big guns with this recipe for a huge Tomahawk steak, which is perfectly suited to a glass (or two) of Raidis Estate’s finest, The Trip.
What you’ll need
1 x 800g Tomahawk Beef Steak
Handful green beans
8x small Chat potatoes
Salt and Pepper
Pre-heat oven to 180C. Place potatoes in baking dish with a knob of butter, and cook in the oven for 30 minutes, or until cooked through.
Pre-heat lightly-oiled griddle pan over high heat. Season steak with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil.
Once the pan is hot, cook steak for 3 minutes each side (or until slightly charred).
Remove steak from pan and place on a plate in the oven. Cook for approximately 20 minutes, or until medium-rare. Remove from oven, cover with aluminium foil for 5 minutes to rest.
Meanwhile, boil beans for 2 minutes, remove from water and strain into a bowl. Add a knob of butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
So, start of your new year on a high, and set your sights on a fantastic year ahead. With this beautiful food and wine match, you’re setting a high bar and one that will see you achieve great things for 2019.
26 December 2018 | Raidis Estate
There is so much to see and do in the Coonawarra at this time of the year, and the weather is amazing. The region is buzzing with excitement as we gear up for the summer line-up of events, our amazing wines are bottled and ready for you, and people come from afar to experience all that the Coonawarra has to offer.
So, at the risk of being controversial, we’re going to give you our top 3 reasons to visit Coonawarra this holiday season.
Visit Raidis Estate
Now you might be thinking that we have to say that, but it’s not the case (even though we may be a little biased). We have so many exciting things coming up here that we would come here ourselves (if we didn’t already live here!), and because we are here we’re going to make sure we stay.
For anyone who’s been following our blogs, you will have noticed the brilliant food and wine pairings which we have created to get your mouths watering, with each Raidis Estate wine finding its perfect match. So, in the lead up to your Christmas feast, come visit us and get your ‘foodspiration’ from our delicious wines.
And with the dawning of the new year, comes one of the biggest events on the Raidis calendar, with our Summer Shindig lighting up Raidis Estate early January.
The weather in the Coonawarra is absolutely stunning this time of the year, with long, warm days setting the scene for fun-filled times traversing the cigar strip running through the middle of Coonawarra. This is not to mention experiencing the excitement and anticipation building in the region as the new vintage leaves firmly take hold on the vines creating a sea of green throughout the vineyards, meaning that the next vintage of stunning Coonawarra wines is just around the corner.
And if you need any more, we are located just a short drive to the coast, so when the weather gets just that bit too warm, you can grab a bottle of wine and head to the beach to relax and unwind in style.
Take a winery tour and let someone else do the hard work
We are blessed with options when it comes to chauffeured tours through this stunning region we call home, and with around 20 wineries nestled within a 7km radius, it hardly puts a strain on your patience as you move from one to the next.
Each of the Coonawarra’s wineries has their own house style and make their wines just that bit differently, which results in a beautiful variation in the wines and each winemaker’s expression of the varietals, ensuring that there’s something for everyone’s palate.
So, there you have it. Our top 3 reasons to come to Coonawarra this holiday season. Whether you visit this year or next, we’ll be here waiting to welcome you into our region and make sure that you love every minute of your time here.
See you soon.
17 December 2018 | Raidis Estate
Tis the season for family, fun and frivolity. Calendars are full to the brim with events and activities at this time of the year, and as we head into the silly season, we are left thinking what the heck do we feed everyone? And, is it possible to make a meal to remember but not have to spend all day slaving away in the kitchen?
Well, we hope that you’ll have plenty of Raidis Estate’s finest on hand to keep everyone’s glasses full, but what goes best with a Coonawarra Cabernet? Lamb roast of course!
So, to make the most out of your next festive season event, we suggest this awesome roast lamb recipe, both because it is an exceptional dish, and because it pairs perfectly with our Raidis Estate “Billy” Cabernet Sauvignon.
What you’ll need
1 x lamb leg roast (~2kg)
½ tsp. lemon-pepper seasoning
Sea salt flakes
Fresh rosemary sprigs
½ Jap pumpkin
12 Chat potatoes
Preheat fan oven to 180C. Meanwhile, place lamb roast in baking pan, season with lemon-pepper seasoning, salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil.
Cut pumpkin into chunks and remove seeds. Drizzle with olive oil and set aside.
Place Chat potatoes in baking dish, season with salt, pepper, rosemary and drizzle with olive oil. Set aside.
Place lamb into the pre-heated oven and cook for 1 hour. Remove lamb from the oven, add pumpkin and potatoes to the baking pan with the lamb and cook for another 1hr (or until cooked through).
Serve lamb with potatoes and pumpkin, and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper to taste.
And there you have it, the perfect way to create an amazing food and wine experience for your friends and family this Christmas.
And if for some reason you're still not convinced, remember that Billy himself is endorsing this, and you’ll need to be a brave individual to argue with him!
10 December 2018 | Raidis Estate
All our wines are handmade for you to enjoy, and each one has a special place in our hearts. There is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into making our wines; from growing the grapes to you the customer buying our wines.
But what is in a name? And why goats? Well, we are glad you asked. Each of our wines are named for a reason and here they are:
Our goats are an integral part of the Raidis team, and we consider them part of the family. So, what better way to recognise their contributions than to name many of our wines after them and make them the hero of our label.
“The Kid” Riesling is released young, is lively and bright, and will age well with care (although at no point does the wine turn into a Billy or Mama Goat). A kid in the goat world is the name for the baby goat.
Our “Cheeky Goat” Pinot Gris is not your typical reflection of the style, and neither are the goats whom this wine is named after. It has a personality all its own, and it’s the wine that has a playful side; the one that does things that bit differently.
The “Wild Goat” Shiraz is a beautiful Coonawarra Shiraz, but one that has no interest in conforming with the others in the group. It’s also reflective of the early history of the vineyard. In its early, less “well-kept” days, you’d need to be a wild goat to live there.
The “Mama Goat” Merlot is the feel-good wine of the bunch. It’s the one where each glass feels like a warm embrace from your own mother. It’s soft, comforting, and has you always wanting to come back for more.
The leader of the pack, “Billy” Cabernet is the boldest of them all. It is a wine that demands to go well with everything and has no need to play well with others if it doesn’t want to. Billy represents what the Coonawarra is most famous for, and that is a bold Cabernet Sauvignon that makes no apologies for being the way it is.
And for our flagship wine “The Trip”, the idea is simple. Just like a group of goats is called a “trip” of goats, our flagship wine is the collective of all our best parcels each vintage. This wine is one of elegance, of structure and the finest wine Raidis Estate produces each vintage.
And, we can’t forget our furry four-legged best mate, who gets his very own Sauvignon Blanc label, “The Kelpie”. He, like the wine, is full of life, playful and likes to keep things fresh.
Every Raidis wine shows a personality that reflects its namesake, so it’s not just paying lip service to the animals, we’re introducing you to them through the wines.
So, there you have it. A little insight into why we’ve named our wines the way we have, and how each wine shows its own unique personality which together creates the story that is Raidis Estate. So, next time you enjoy one of our wines, see if you can recognise the personality of its namesake here at Raidis Estate.
3 December 2018 | Raidis Estate