96 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
Ashton Hills is a three hectare, dry-grown vineyard that lies in the Piccadilly Valley sub region of the Adelaide Hills on a ridge just below the summit of Mount Lofty. The estate was founded by Stephen George in 1982 and since that time it has built a reputation as one of Australia’s finest proponents of pinot noir and cool climate whites.
Following the maturation period, a few barrels are carefully selected as being the “best of the best”, displaying the finest expression of pinot noir from the estate and with the potential for significant ageing. The Reserve is the pinnacle of the range showing lifted perfume notes, and a depth of flavour, character and length that should live beyond 10 years in the bottle. While displaying many of the traits associated with the Estate Pinot Noir, the Reserve sees more new oak and tends to carry greater weight and structure, providing the “bones” for extended cellaring. By its nature, quantities are very limited from each vintage.
“Parcels of all five clones grown on the estate passed the strict selection process, the wine matured in French oak ( 33% new ). The bouquet is very fragrant and no less complex, with its exploration of wild strawberries picked before full ripeness, the box full of exotic spices, and fine but unrelenting tannins. Not an easy vintage for pinot noir, but this is seriously good” – 96 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
“Ashton Hills is the most distinguished site in South Australia for Pinot Noir; Stephen George’s unremitting attention to detail has made Ashton Hills the one Grand Cru of the state.” – James Halliday