Venus Rising is a Pinot Noir from the Coal Valley. She's velvety and supple, entices with her aroma and carries you on her journey with her drive and focus.
Awards / Reviews
Winewise Small Vigneron Awards - Trophy (Top Pinot Noir!)
Winewise Tasmania Tasting - ★★★★★ (Top Pinot Noir!)
This is a powerful dark cherry Pinot Noir showing a caress of oak. It’s a wine of considerable depth, length and structure in the manner of a Côte de Nuits burgundy like Morey-St-Denis.
VinoNoteBook - 93 Points
I’m in luck here with a sneaky pre-release of the 2019 vintage. The 2018 is still currently available and offers excellent value.
Maraschino cherry, raspberry jube, lipstick, softer earthier influences of smoky beets tempered by roast walnut, stalky thyme, grated dark chocolate, rose petals and day-old orange peel. The palate initially supple and flowing before narrowing fine and tight. Scorched citrus rind, cherry flesh, tacky tannins, abundant youthful spice and a long herbal echo. Cognisant that this is a pre-release, my score reflects the here and now for a wine still maturing.
QWine - 94 Points
This is quite something. Exquisite. Elegant. I don't see as much Tasmanian wine as I'd like, but when little producers like this land on the doorstep, you get a sense the landscape needs far more exploration.
Sourced from the Coal River Valley, 17% whole bunches saw wild fermentation, 16 days on skins and just under 10 months in French oak (20% new).
Cedar caught my attention early but this blows off. Drenched with sour cherry and rhubarb, there are plenty of savoury autumnal feels driven by dried leaves and twiggy things. The bottle says it is velvety and its mouth feel is exactly that. Some blue fruits chime in late with time in the glass before a long finish laced with fine spices having the last word. Undoubted beauty.
Drink to five years+
Tyson Stelzer - 91 Points
Coal River Valley; 777 and D2V5 clones; 17% whole bunches; matured in 20% new French oak barrels for 10 months. Spicy, complex and black-fruited, this is a pinot that confidently fuses crunchy blackberry fruits and beetroot with the savoury, dried thyme overlay of whole-bunch fermentation and the subtle cashew-nut grip of a touch of new French oak. Firm, fine tannins bring up a dry finish of medium persistence.
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