Lark Hill was established by Sue and David Carpenter in 1978, on the Lake George Escarpment above Bungendore, having left careers in scientific research to pursue their passion for winemaking. At 860 metres, Lark Hill is one of the highest and coldest vineyards in Australia, producing delicate Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
In 2003 Lark Hill transitioned from organic to Biodynamic farming and in 2005 planted the first Gruner Veltliner vineyard in Australia, using cuttings from a private collection in Tasmania.
The juice was fermented using native yeasts in older french oak barrels (7+ years) to give funkiness, texture and build complexity, without imparting oak character.
As a young wine this shows exotic melon and fig aromas, a light and taut palate and a hint of texture to match with food. It will continue to improve over some years, gaining depth, complexity and the typical Gruner-driven spice characters of white pepper, parsnip and fresh herbs.
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.
Their best to date, this has impressive lemon and lime fruit with peppery edges and laid-back flowery notes as well as green peaches. Really fresh and fragrant. The palate’s dense and punchy acidity is electrifying and the finish has taut, driving appeal. I love this wine and its long, flavorsome, lemon finish.
NED GOODWIN - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
This has become the flagship of the range, at least among the Australian on-trade, with gruner's signature aromas of sugar snap peas, asparagus and white pepper at the fore. Fermented under the aegis of ambient yeast in neutral wood, this was given a bit of skin contact for texture. Lark Hill's meticulous attention to detail is embedded in the wine's bright DNA.
Light, bright yellow hue and a pronounced peppery aroma which is very grüner. The wine is searingly acidic though, and really needs food to drink well. Very attractive wine all the same. The acid seems natural and fine and integrated - just on the high side. It's impressive for its lemony intensity and amazing vitality.