Rising Star Wines
For Texans Paul and Gwen Hyatt, searching for their own little piece of heaven began several years back on a holiday to Western Australia. More like a love story than a business venture the couple developed a deep affection for Western Australia’s similarities to Texas. With wide open spaces, friendly hospitable people, and the local 'can do attitude' it all felt comfortingly familiar.
Gwen and Paul took a chance on a 30 acre property in Denmark, WA to realise their dream of owning and running a boutique vineyard which would feed their love for the finer things in life along with their love for country living.
Since their first vintage in 2009, Rising Star along with winemaker John Wade and viticulturist Bryce Edwards has focused on producing the best grapes and wines possible, reflecting all the beauty, quality, and flavour of this special cool climate region.Rising Star has 10 acres ‘under-vine’ making it a boutique size vineyard. The vines are divided between two sections. A small block of “House Cabernet” planted behind the cottage on Redman Road, and the remaining varietals in an elevated position up the hill. All vines are supported by VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) trellising, facing a northerly aspect - ideal for grape growing.
Being part of the Great Southern Wine Region, the vineyard is made up of the following cool climate grape varieties: Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunièr, Merlot, & Cabernet Sauvignon
The Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunièr are clones that were specifically planted for our sparkling wine range, a specialty of Rising Star. All sparkling wines are handpicked and whole bunch pressed in the winery. They are then bottle-fermented and remain on yeast lees for a minimum of 4 years before disgorging. This provides for elegant and sophisticated sparkling wines in line with the "Methode Traditionelle" approach of the infamous Champagne region of France.
Our wines are only estate grown, meaning “if we don't grow it, we don't put it in our bottles!” This range currently includes:
Sparkling Chardonnay “Blanc de Blanc” produced in the 'Methode Traditionelle’ style
Boytritis Riesling (a rare gem!)
Cellar Door Opening Hours: 10:30am – 5:30pm Fri-Monday, or just give us a call for a private tasting! Open daily during School Holidays. Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.