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2016 Ashton Hills Estate Pinot Noir

Adelaide Hills

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Our Price: $44.99 / bottle (RRP: $50.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'The nose here is characterized by boysenberries, fresh raspberries and rose petals... Drink Now.'
92 Points - James Suckling

  • 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.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    The 2016 growing season in the Adelaide Hills started early and was over in a flash. A warm spring resulted in great flavour development and early flowering, with stronger than average yields hand-thinned to maximise fruit flavour and concentration. The 2016 Estate Pinot Noir is sourced from the Ashton Hills estate, and made from four clones: 57% from D5V12, 23% from Martini, 13% from 777 and 7% from MV6. Grapes were handpicked, keeping individual clones seperate in small open fermenters. Some whole bunch fruit was added to ferments, enhancing aromatics and structural complexity. Fermentation was initiated by indigenous yeast (wild ferment). Each clonal parcel was basket pressed and filled to seasoned French oak barrels with full solids. All barrels were kept on lees to build palate, body and complexity and racked off lees just prior to bottling, without filtration.

    TASTING NOTES

    A step up in flesh and depth here on every level, colour, nose, and palate. It's a textured fleshy wine with lots of sweet, strawberry fruit and that resinous, cool forest note that is so typical of these wines. Nice spicy close. Lovely.

  • REVIEWS

    'The nose here is characterized by boysenberries, fresh raspberries and rose petals. Medium to full body, fluid yet sturdy tannins, good acidity and a fresh finish. A nice Chinese herbal streak to this. Holds long. Drink now.'
    92 Points - James Suckling



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