The Shiraz bunches were hand-harvested and sorted into a fermenter as 100% whole-bunches. Except for a small amount crushed by foot on the bottom of the fermenter, the bunches were left entire and unbroken. The fermenter was sealed up and left for two weeks without any sort of pumping over, plunging or other interventions.
A dense and packed aroma of bright berry fruits with threads of graphite, tar and spice running through it. The medium-bodied palate has restraint and brings an edge of seriousness to the generous fruit.
From the rolling elevations at the Rising Vineyard in the Christmas Hills, winemaker Tom Belford crafts wines that express both the power and grace of this unique part of the Yarra Valley. Rising Wines is a new and exciting project for Tom. Sourcing small premium parcels of fruit from emerging varietals in the vineyard, his aim is to produce wines of beauty and clarity that are surprising yet authentic. Free and unrestricted in his winemaking approach and with a philosophy of minimal intervention, each wine is allowed to express fully its origins. Tom also makes wines for his Bobar label has been the winemaker for the past 10 years responsible for the widely popular ‘Sticks’ family of wines.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
There's no information about the fermentation techniques used, but there has to be a whole bunch component. The bouquet has spiced barnyard aromas against a background of luscious dark fruits and soft tannins.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Deepish red/purple colour, with an extreme peppery aroma, which is oddly floral and herbal, and may reflect some stalk inclusion. The palate is medium-bodied and lean-ish, with a slight lack of line. A slightly rustic red with some astringency and grit. It could reward a little cellaring.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
Juicy red of general vivacity, silky texture, pretty perfume. Loaded with red cherry, raspberry flavours, big dusting of green pepper, chewy-fine tannins to close. Little bit transparent in general, watercolour painted, but satisfaction comes from texture and length. Good drinking is the go.