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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. 

Hillcrest Pinot Noir is first and foremost Hillcrest Pinot Noir. That is, it speaks very strongly of its site, and to a lesser extent, that of its winemakers influence. A maelstrom of dark and red cherry, acidity and tannin. Earthy. Tense. Muscular. Long.  Has some funky vegetal notes and reductive flavours in play, but they seem part of the message here. Growling minerally tannin and intense acidity drive it. Furrowed brows. On day two it stretched out and relaxed – a little bit – a wry smile. A classic vintage for Hillcrest Pinot. Rated : 95+ Points Tasted : Apr14 Alcohol : 12.3% Price : $70 Closure : Cork Drink : 2017 - 2024+ Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
50% new French oak. Extremely deep colour; one of those rare pinots that are full-bodied, but not clumsy; resounding with drumbeats of black cherry and satsuma plum, quality oak also playing a role. It makes only one request: like '99 Burgundies, give me as much time as your heart, wallet and other basic instincts will allow. The high quality cork should go the distance. Drink: To 2030; Price: $70.00; Alcohol: 12.8%. Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion




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