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2016 Ashton Hills Reserve Pinot Noir

Ashton Hills Vineyard

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Our Price: $69.99 / bottle (RRP: $70.00) Case: 6 x 750ml

'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

  • Ashton Hills produces three pinot noirs in a style that reflects the region’s strong similarity to Burgundy. Production levels have stayed true to the boutique nature of the winery’s beginnings.

    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.


    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. All five estate clones made the grade for the 2016 vintage of Reserve with 40% from the two Martini clones, 30% from D5V12, 20% from 777 and 10% from MV6. Like previous vintages one third of this Reserve Pinot Noir was matured in new French oak. Drink now or cellar for 10 years for further complexity.

    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.


    '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 full box of exotic spices, and find but unrelenting tannins. Not an easy vintage for Pinot Noir, but this is seriously good.'
    96 Point - James Halliday

    'The Hills’ pinot noir master, Stephen George, is still tending his small acreage and creating three levels of wine – although now owned by Wirra Wirra. This highest tier is nothing less than magical, with totally engaging concentration and intensity of pinot characters, a mesh of sappiness, cherry flavours, peppery as well as more exotic spices. It defines what might be determined as elegant richness in a pinot noir, even-keeled, balanced, and ultimately delicious.'

    5 Stars - Tony Love, Taste Magazine 

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