At Muirlea Rise we grow, produce and bottle all on site.
Hand crafted wines using traditional winemaking practices and minimal intervention winemaking from low cropping, non-irrigated 32 year old vines.
Where did the name come from?
Muir – Dad’s mother’s maiden name
Lea – Mum’s nickname
Rise – well if you’ve ever cycled up the driveway… you’d know it would never pass for being called “flat”, yet it is definitely not a hill.
Willie’s favourite wine was Pinot Noir and this petulant and somewhat arrogant grape variety still continues to frustrate and fascinate winemakers and drinkers alike. Being somewhat of the “Tofu” of the wine world, picking flavours and character from its environment makes for an interesting and ever changing wine.
Planted alongside Pinot Noir is the infamous Martinborough Mad Red. Dad planted this along with several other wine growers and it was thought to be Syrah or Shiraz for you Aussies. It has a cult-like following to those who like it and utter disdain for those that don’t. Love it or hate it, it does make for some interesting wines.
However, one of the things that it does love is being fortified, which leads us onto our wine liqueur… Apres.
If it is not heaven, it’s as close as you are going to get and then have it with our carefully matched chocolate!