Maddens Rise wines are produced from the Estate vineyards located in Victoria's Yarra Valley region.
OUR WINE PHILOSOPHY
Our wine is made on-site using hand picked grapes, small batch fermentation, minimal oak influence and wild yeasts.
Our Vineyard Philosophy
Biological farming practices are being used wherever practicable. This will greatly improve soil biology, better utilise nutrients, suppress disease causing organisms, improve water efficiency and improve soil structure. The overall effect will be to make the vines healthier, more ‘water wise’ and more resistant to attack from pests and disease. The fruit, and our wines, will reflect this.
Back Block Vineyard
This 42 acre block fronts Maddens Lane. This block retains two large parcels of Pinot Noir (clone MV6) planted in 1996 and 1998. From our 1997 plantings, we retain some Cabernet Sauvignon (clone SA125) and Merlot (clone D3V14), together with one acre of Nebbiolo grafted across in 2008. All these vines are not on phylloxera resistant rootstock.
In 2010, we established rows of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, together with Arneis, Chenin Blanc, Fiano, Garganega, Vermentino and Sangiovese in the central section. These are on phylloxera resistant rootstock and contribute to our Arcobaleno and Cinq Amis wines. In 2016 we replaced much of our 1997 plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with largely new clones of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Nebbiolo - all on phylloxera resistant rootstock. In 2017, we planted a large section of Pinot Gris on phylloxera resistant rootstock and planted some more Sangiovese on phylloxera resistant rootstock.
Front Block Vineyard
This block is 41 acres and has frontage to both Maddens Lane and the Maroondah Highway. One of the Valleys oldest wool sheds is on this corner (on its own one acre block) and can be seen from the Highway. The establishment and operation of the Front Block is largely the same as for the Back Block, with irrigation historically coming from the Back Block’s dam. However, in 2017 we completed construction of a dam on the Front Block to supplement water capture and assist with our watering program.
All vines planted on the Front Block are on phylloxera resistant rootstock. In 2000, we planted Pinot Noir (clones 114 and 115), Pinot Meunier (clone H10V5), Shiraz (clone PT23) and Viognier (Montpellier clone). Planting continued with Chardonnay (Mendosa clone in 2001 and Bernard 76 and 95 clones in 2004).
We have grafted some of the Shiraz vines across to heritage Shiraz clones, some Pinot Meunier to Pinot Noir clone 777 and some Mendosa across to Nebbiolo cuttings from our Back Block.