RISING STAR WINES
Paul & Gwen Hyatt
46 Redman Road
Denmark WA 6333
Phone: 08 9848 1626
Texans Paul and Gwen Hyatt feel right at home in the wide-open spaces of Western Australia. A holiday first brought them to the Denmark area, a love affair with the region kept them here. Greatly influenced by their roots in Texas and by the wings that enabled them to fly far beyond, this amiable, hard-working couple bought this premium vineyard and turned their dream into a rising star among the many fine vineyards that grace this land. Named after the town of Rising Star, Texas where Paul’s paternal grandmother was born in 1898, their 30-acre property is geographically far from their ancestral home, but not at all far from the values planted in their souls in that faraway land.
Over a decade has past since they signed on to become winemakers, and in 2009 they enjoyed the fruits of their first vintage. Denmark is perfectly suited, thanks to its cool climate, for many grape varieties: Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunièr, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. One of their hallmarks is their sparkling wine, of which they are justifiably proud. Their Sparkling Chardonnay is bottle fermented in the traditional way, aged four years on yeast lees. It was a winner of a Bronze Medal at the 2015 Perth Royal Wine Show.
Ten acres are divided into vines for a House Cabernet, and in a more elevated position the remaining varietals are grown. All the wines they sell through their cellar door are exclusively estate grown by them. It would be hard to pick a favorite wine, but if I must, I have to say I love their Rosé, a light and flavorful Merlot, perfect for light dining or even a picnic.
Gwen and Paul’s passion for what they are creating simply sparkles, as does their Sparkling Chardonnay. I raise my champagne flute to them!