Ashton Hills Estate Pinot Noir
Min. Quantity: 3
The Ashton Hills Pinot Noir is showing lifted red cherry, plum and fig aromas that are matched with florals and baking spices as well as hints of savoury, earthy notes. The palate features red cherry and cranberry notes which are framed with lovely natural acidity and long fine tannins. A beautifully textured wine with a plush and persistent length. Perfect with pea, prosciutto and goats cheese risotto.
Expert Reviews & Awards
"All 5 clones on the estate vineyard are in play here. Fermented with 30% whole bunches, barrel maturation on lees. There's a purity and gentility to this iteration, aromas teased with cherry fruits and woody forest notes. There's a sense of lightness. The faintest of Aperol-like bitters, deliciously balanced, gently savoury. Just right on all counts (on the 2020 vintage)."
Halliday Wine Companion - August 2021 (TL) — 95 Points
The Estate Pinot Noir is sourced purely from the five preferred clones on the estate. The fruit was de-stemmed via a small, customised, gentle de-stemmer that kept as many whole berries as possible. Some whole bunches were included, the percentage varying according to the style of the vintage. After fermentation, the fruit was basket pressed direct to a combination of old and new French oak barriques. The wine was made without any additions until bottling.
Drink now or cellar for around five years from release, for further complexity.
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.
About Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is one of the world's most loved, light bodied red wines. Pinot Noir can be made into a variety wine styles, from light and fruity styles featuring cherry and strawberry notes to more complex, gamey and earthy styles. Pinot Noir is usually higher in acid and lower in tannin, making it an ideal pairing for lighter, fattier foods duck, cheese and lamb. Often, the region defines the style. Along with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir is the main grape variety in Burgundy, where the cooler climate produces highly prized wines, loved throughout history of drinking wine! Germany is also known for high quality Pinot Noir, produced in the cooler regions of Pfalz and Baden. As well as France and Germany, the 'new world' wine countries such as the USA, Chile, South Africa and New Zealand also produce high quality Pinot Noir. The list of top Pinot Noir regions in the world includes; Sonoma County, Carneros, Santa Barbara County and Oregon (USA), Casablanca (Chile), Walker Bay (South Africa), Marlborough and Central Otago (New Zealand). Australia also has pockets of high quality Pinot Noir in multiple regions but some of the best Pinot Noir wines are made in the Yarra Valley, Tasmania, The Mornington Peninsula and the Adelaide Hills.
About Adelaide Hills
The Adelaide Hills wine region is located twenty five kilometres east of Adelaide. The region is known internationally for producing high quality, cooler climate wine styles such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Sparkling wine and Shiraz. Many of the vineyards are planted at over 350 metres above sea level with altitude being a major factor behind this region's premium reputation. The wines from this region are also well structured and ideal for sparkling winemaking, due to their naturally high acidity.
Closure: Screw Cap
Wine Body: Medium Bodied
Wine Sweetness: Dry
Non Alcoholic: No
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