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Hillcrest is located in the heart of Melbourne's picturesque Yarra Valley, one of Australia's oldest wine regions. Planted in 1970, it was one of the pioneers in the re-establishment of the Valley, and it is this vineyard which provides the old-vine resource from which the rare Reserve, Premium and Estate wines are made. Purchased in 1999, the neglected 39-year old vineyard was re-trellised to allow for better canopy management. Now farmed along organic principles, herbicides, pesticides, fertilisers and other systemic spraying have been eliminated. The entire vineyard is unirrigated and the vines must work to support themselves. Recent drought conditions caused little disturbance at Hillcrest as the older vines, having established their own deep root systems over 39 years, drew on moisture deep within the ground to sustain themselves. The result continues to be exquisitely concentrated and healthy fruit. 
Good hue, although not especially deep; the fragrant bouquet of blackcurrant and freshly turned earth signals a precise, no-compromise palate, with French oak outflanked by the firm/tarry tannins that frame the dark fruits. Rated: 94 Points; James Halliday

Shows more mocha vanilla oak, blackberry and blackcurrant and is softer in the mouth than the Village. Supple ultra-fine grained tannin, red and black fruit, and fresh acidity on the finish. Plenty of mineral and lead pencil stuff here, though in comparison to the more rugged and more rustic Village, it has less presence on the mid-palate and less length. In evolution at present, I suspect.  Will deliver more when it’s good and ready. Rating: 93+ Points; Drink: 2017-2029+; Price: $70.00; Date Tasted: April 2014; Alcohol: 13%; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front


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