2018 Rising Pinot Noir
2018 Rising Pinot Noir
$25.99 Per Bottle|
$155.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)
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 and has been the winemaker for the past 10 years responsible for the widely popular ‘Sticks’ family of wines.
The Pinot Noir is taken from two blocks at Rising Vineyard in the Christmas Hills; the north facing Hill block and the northeast facing 425 block.
The parcels harvested were about 30% whole bunch ferment with the remainder destemmed, aiming to maximise the amount of whole berries in the ferment. The whole bunch ferments were gradually crushed by hand and finally foot trod to break the grapes open throughout the three week ferment. The destemmed ferments were plunged once a day, no more. The wine was naturally fermented and following pressing went straight into French oak hogsheads, approximately 40% new.
The aromas of this wine flow easily - neat red fruits are delicately laced with more complex characters. Red cherry, plum skin and raspberry characters are abundant, bay leaf and teatree aromas are woven throughout with touches of spice and woodsmoke complementing the fruit.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT
Light-ish in terms of intensity but smoky and stalky and full of interest. It’s a lovely pinot noir and makes for terrific drinking. Better than its equivalent 2017 release by a margin. Tangy, taut and undergrowthy. Love the spread of fine, spice-drenched tannin here too.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Medium to deep red colour with a good rim of purple and a lovely sweet, aromatic spicy bouquet, which is underlined by some attractive oak. A subtle touch of mint. This adds an edginess to the tannins, which are firm and assertive. It would benefit from another year in the cellar. Good value!