Rising Vineyard Chardonnay


Rising Vineyard Chardonnay

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Yarra Valley, VIC


Did someone say chardy party? Yep, we did, and here’s your guest of honour. A complex and detailed one to wrap your tastebuds around, it’s a fine example of winemaking and rich fruit coming together in harmony. Expect a generous length and crispness too. Bottoms up!

A delivery from Rising makes any day feel like a reason to celebrate. Sat in the aptly named Christmas Hills in the Yarra Valley, their wine is small batch done right. Small parcels of delicious fruit, carefully chosen. We can’t help but admire the quiet way these guys go about each expression, it’s pure passion at play. For winemaker Anthony Fikkers, less is more when it comes to intervention. And after a hop, skip and jump across Italy, France, Germany and the Hunter Valley, 13 years later, he’s ready to share his passion for cool-climate goodness with anyone willing to slurp away.


"This single vineyard Chardonnay comes from three blocks at the Rising vineyard; BIBS, Birdwood, and House. The grapes were all hand-picked and direct pressed, settled overnight and then transferred to hogsheads and puncheons for natural ferment. It was about 25% new oak, all French. It was aged w ithout S02 for a few months and most went through malolactic fermentation. The w ine was matured in oak on lees until November with no stirring or battonage and no added yeast, bacteria, enzyme or acid. It was filtered and bottled w ith some S02 added."


I am going to play this with a straight bat; mushroom risotto. Basic, but good. The wine is going to steal the show, not my cooking, so let's not waste time in the kitchen.


94 Points James Halliday