RONGO WINES / Strathbogie Ranges/Yarra Valley

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In Japanese, Rongo refers to the Analects of Confucius, a masterwork of philosophy that has guided East Asian culture and thought for more than 2,500 years. It stands, at heart, for living benevolently, ethically, and in harmony with one’s surroundings.

In Māori, Rongo is a verb meaning to perceive, to hear, feel, smell, and taste. Through no coincidence, is also the nickname of Rongo-mā-Tāne, the Māori god of Agriculture and Peace.

Vignerons Ray Chen and Josh Liu have formidable qualifications and experience internationally, covering work in France, Australia, NZ, China and USA.  Reconnecting in Australia, they knew it was time to establish a local label, with a focus on sustainably farmed Victorian fruit and minimal and considered winemaking raising thought provoking wines of nuance.

 

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  • Rongo Reflections Riesling 2022

    $ 33.00 incl. GST

    Harvested at a very low pH of 2.9 at 12.5 baume.  The wine sits seven days on skins after crushing, with free run juice drawn into stainless steel for cool fermentation.  The wine is raised 50/50 in stainless and neutral barrels for six months before bottling.  Lightly filtered and unfined, the high acid all but masking the 8 grams of residual sugar.

    Aromatically enticing with pineapple and nectarines, plus lavender, jasmine and herbal tea notes.  On the palate, these impressions continue, carried over a beautifully balanced mouthfeel.  Acidity is steely but not at all bracing, with the touch of RS no doubt balancing superbly, it’s a wine with lovely flow and feel.  If you’re going to put Riesling in a Burgundy bottle it had better make a stylistic statement which this does, though above all it retains purity and varietal character.

  • Rongo Rhapsody Orange 2022

    $ 33.00 incl. GST

    The wine receives 30 days of maceration on skins, with additions of less than 10% Syrah saignee and Chardonnay added for complexity.  Fermented in neutral barrels, then rested a further six months in neutral oak and naturally stabilized with no additions made bar sulphur at bottling, and no filtration.

    Pours a proper shade of orange with minimal sediment.  Aromas and flavours of chamomile tea, ginger, dried jasmine, orange rind, saffron and a toasty/autolysis note.  Underpinned by some well integrated grippy tannins, saline and earthy elements, all components here nicely integrated.

  • Rongo Rhea Syrah 2022

    $ 33.00 incl. GST

    Single vineyard, hand harvested, fermented wild with 20% whole bunches.  Aged in neutral oak for 10 months before bottling, unfined and unfiltered.

    Flavours of blackberry, lilac, rose petals, bay leaves, cloves, a touch of twiggy savouriness. Serve chilled, or at ambient temperature. Showing a definite stylistic nod to Ray’s time in the Northern Rhône.