Forest Hill holds a firm place in Western Australian wine industry history as it is the oldest cool climate vineyard in the Great Southern region. This family owned winery was founded in 1965 by Tony and Betty Pearse when the vineyard was planted with Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon. Forest Hill passed through the hands of the late Robert Holmes a Court before ending up with its current owners, the Lyons family. Today, the 95 hectares of vineyards are planted to varietals such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. All wines are made from estate grown fruit by winemaker Liam Carmody, who has been with Forest Hill since 2008. The goal is to produce wines with correct varietal definition whilst expressing the distinct regional character of the Great Southern region.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Hand-picked, destemmed to open fermenters plus a small vessel for 100% whole-bunch fermentation (15% of the total make), plunged twice daily, matured for 10 months. Very powerful black fruits, licorice and spice on the long palate. Trophy Best WA Red Perth Wine Show '18 fully deserved.
Super peppery and fragrant with a wealth of blackberry and spiced plum aromas. The palate has a smooth array of plush, silky tannins, carrying the rich blackberries that laced with plenty of peppers and spices. Great quality and a distinctive regional style. Drink or hold. Screw cap.