Lark Hill was established in 1978 by Sue & Dave Carpenter, high on the escarpment above Bungendore, 30km North East of Canberra. Lark Hill is a cold vineyard and at 860m elevation, is one of the highest plantings in the Canberra District. The soils are shallow depleted shale over clay, and vineyard receives ~600mm of rainfall annually. Certified biodynamic since 2003 In the winery, Lark Hill seek to translate the balance and vibrance of the fruit to the wines - using minimal intervention winemaking techniques to ensure that the wine reflects the geology, climate and location of the vineyard, in a true preservation of Terroir. Under Biodynamic certification, Lark Hill uses a maximum of 20ppm (parts-per-million) of free Sulphur (preservative) at bottling - a low dose that may reduce Sulphur reactions, and still ensures wines that will cellar impeccably for years to come. Famous as a pioneer of Gruner Veltliner in Australia, with Pinot Noir, with fine Chardonnay, Riesling and even a Canberra Sangiovese in the range.
Medium to full-bodied, revealing a sweet, floral perfume of cassis, blackberries, dark plums and fresh chocolatey oak lifted by musky spices. Its luscious, pastille-like flavours of black, blue and red fruits and fresh cedar/chocolate oak are underpinned by fine, drying tannins and wrapped in a fresh acidity, finishing with lingering notes of sour cherries and licorice.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
Scuro means dark in Italian though this wine is anything but that. From long term Canberra District producers who farm biodynamically. Earthy, smoky, toasty notes, with charcuterie character, red cherry, rose hip and fresh green herbs. Like this start. Charisma. Light to medium weight, slippery texture, feathery tannins, touch of granite-like mineral character finishes in a good, firm pucker. Great drinking here.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Deep red colour with a trace of purple. The bouquet is spicy, ironstone, earthy and also has some stemmy, wholebunch-like notes. Pepper as well. The wine is medium to full-bodied and has a hint of bitterness on the finish. Intense and long, this could reward some cellaring.
JANE FAULKNER - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
The varieties are split evenly and well integrated into a savoury wine with plenty going on aromatically with rosemary, cherry pips, plums, bitter chocolate and Dutch licorice. A tight-ish palate, sinewy with grippy, drying tannins.