Cambrian Rise 2003 Heathcote Shiraz wins the Top Gold Medal in the Shiraz class at the 2005 Victorian Wines Show.
Affectionately dubbed ‘Son of Heathcote’ by our winemaking team, Hanging Rock Cambrian Rise is a fine example of Heathcote Shiraz.
Our long involvement with the Heathcote region (since 1987) brings a thorough understanding of the way it behaves in differing vintage conditions, as well as the micro-climatic variations that naturally occur in this north-south aligned region.
The final make-up of Cambrian Rise is inextricably linked to the composure of our flagship red wine - ‘Hanging Rock Heathcote Shiraz’. Our flagship Shiraz is always predominantly made with fruit from our ‘Athol’s Paddock’ vineyard. And, depending on the vintage, may include additional fruit from any, or all, of the group of other Heathcote vineyards contracted to grow for us.
The fruit that does not suit our requirements for the final flagship Shiraz blend immediately becomes available for Cambrian Rise. Our winemakers then have the challenge to make our next best possible Heathcote Shiraz wine.
Hence the tag, ‘Son of Heathcote’. Cambrian Rise will always include components from a number of Heatcote Shiraz vineyards, and its composition will vary from vintage to vitage. 2003 was a drought year, and cropping levels were lower than usual. Anticipating this, the vines were pruned for lower yields. As a result we achieved concentrated, flavour-packed fruit from all vineyards. Cambrian Rise exhibits all the desirable characteristics of our Heathcote Shiraz: impeccable, solid structure, abundant tannins, intense, ripe fruit character and great palate length.
Colour: Deep red with a Cherry red and slightly blue hue. Nose: Dark Cherries and dark Chocolate with a hint of eucalypt and white pepper.
Palate: Dark Cherries and Mulberries well integrated with the steam bent American oak. The wine finishes on notes of ripe berries and savory flavours that last. Drinking well now, this wine can be increasingly enjoyed over the next 5 to 8 years.