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.
Meat, spice, perfume, intrigue; apart from anything else, this is enormous value for money. Stem, plum and wood smoke flavours tang and seduce their way through the palate, firm tannin then bringing all the various flings and fancies home. Nothing here has been dumbed down. Drink by 2022; Alcohol:13.9%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; Australian Wine Companion
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