2018 Rising Gamay
2018 Rising Gamay
$29.99 Per Bottle|
$179.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)
Approximately 20% of the whole bunches were put into an open fermenter and crushed by foot. The remainder of the whole bunches were placed on top without crushing, the fermenter was sealed and it was left for a 10 day maceration without any further crushing, pumping over or plunging. At the end of this period it was pressed and transferred directly to old puncheons to complete its fermentation, then left to mature without sulphur dioxide until the end of winter, approximately 5 months. The barrels were then racked and sulphured and the wine was lightly filtered prior to bottling.
Pale ruby colour. Opens shy and closed, and with air reveals a dense and compact aroma of cherry and raspberry fruits woven through with spice rack, tea leaf, celery stalk and forest floor complexity. Medium-bodied, velvet textured and taut.
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.
A new label in the last few vintages for Tom Belford who has absolutely smashed it with his 2018 releases of both Gamay and Cabernet Franc. A couple of benchmark examples. There is some pretty inspired winemaking technique going on here, the smoke and stem overtones to violets and dark cherry are intense but work seamlessly on the nose. The palate has the crunch of acidity you expect, but an attractive broadness of fruit in the red berry spectrum and layered with undergrowth and stem induced spice. The finish is long and complex. A lot to love here. Drink 2019 - 2021.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT
Light and tangy but complex. The thinking person's light red. Beet, game, strawberries, nuts, cherries, spice, smoke and undergrowth tones. Deep breath. Myriad meanderings. Love the earthen beetroot tones in particular. Pretty, savoury, fruity and fresh.
RALPH KYTE-POWELL - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Gamay isn't common in the Yarra Valley. Perhaps it should be. This lighter red displays a fruity, floral nose and inviting succulence. A hint of stem dries the nicely sustained finish for a gently savoury underpinnig.