Ashton Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2019
- Textured, savoury
- Adelaide Hills
You can pour all the adulation and accolades imaginable on Ashton Hills. They are well deserved. James Halliday called it ‘The most distinguished site in South Australia for Pinot Noir; Stephen’s unremitting attention to detail has made Ashton Hills the one Grand Cru of the state’. And this is their top wine, one that has been awarded incredible scores from all of Australia’s most renowned critics. Tony Love’s loving description is just below.
Stephen blends all five of his pinot clones into this wine, utilising 30% whole bunches in the wild yeast ferment. Each clone was basket pressed and sent to 33% new French oak with full solids. The final blend is made just prior to bottling with clone D5V12 comprising 60% of the 2019 version.
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“A darker, more earthy and foresty feel here than the Estate version, and a different proportional mix of clones. The cherry sense is blacker fruit, while the acidity and mouthfeel are ramped up, evenly, to be more powerful once you engage. Likewise the aromatics, nose and palate, are poised, waiting to find their lift in time. Experience says this wine will be on another level in 5 years.”
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Don't kid yourselves, the Adelaide Hills are bigger and much more diverse than they seem. It stretches over 80km from the Barossa Valley in the North to McLaren Vale in the South. The area is so variable that small pockets such as Piccadilly and Longwood can only ripen marginal such as Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, whereas other specific areas are perfect for peppery Shiraz and ballsy Cabernet. A healthy mix of experienced hands and young hipsters ensure the region stays at the cutting edge of the industry. Natural wines, and new European varieties including Nebbiolo and Gruner Veltliner are some of the more recent highlights to keep an eye out for.