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Hillcrest Vineyard Premium Pinot Noir 2004


From a small (but very beautiful) vineyard in the Yarra Valley, sourced off some of the oldest vines in the area (1970) and made by Phillip Jones of Bass Phillip fame. This is the first release of a ‘premium’ pinot noir which differs from the standard Estate wine by being a selection of the best barrels of the vintage. So no differences here in either fruit or winemaking I would assume. I think this is the best release of this wine so far.

A very fragrant wine offering ripe cherry, forest, earth and some spicy oak. Initially it was quite rubbery but a good one hour+ decant fixed that. The palate, whilst being powerful, is beautifully controlled with flavours of rich cherry and red fruits and a rather decadent earthy savoury overtone. It has an exceptionally smooth and silky mouthfeel and (just) enough natural acidity to retain freshness throughout. No alcohol heat showing (is 12.6% really the ABV??). Good length – certainly no tadpoles to be found here. I think this could well be a show stopper with a couple more years cellaring. This is benchmark pinot and a wine which does Australia, Victoria and the Yarra Valley proud. Superb.

Tasted : Feb06
Alcohol : 12.6%
Price : $48
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2007 - 2012+
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