Home Hill is very much a Tasmanian boutique vineyard, winery and restaurant situated on the gentle slopes of the beautiful Huon Valley. Terry and Rosemary Bennett established Home Hill planting their first 0.5Ha in 1994, increasing these planting’s to 3 Ha of Pinot, 1.5Ha of Chardonnay and 0.5 Ha of Sylvaner. As a low altitude area the Huon Valley has a cool temperate climate with moderate summers, very high sunshine hours and mild winters.
The long slow ripening period allows for optimal development of fruit flavours. The Bennett family has spared no expense in developing Home Hill to produce award winning wines, with unique viticultural practices employed to reduce yields, a brand new state of the art winery and most importantly the wine making skills of Gilli Lipscombe.
This estate grown pinot noir has intense aromas of cherries, red berry fruits, strawberries and cream, savoury spice. A small amount of whole bunch fermentation was used, giving the palate an elegant complexity and finely textured tannins.
Manicured estate vineyards and the inclusion of a small amount of whole bunches are the starting line for a wine that is never less than great, the wine show records of this and the Reserve totally deserved. This remarkable wine is at once juicy yet lushly textured, its drive and length foregone conclusions, its red cherry/berry fruit core at peace with the tannins and oak of an exceptional wine. Drink by: 2028; Date Tasted: Sept 2016; Alcohol: 13.6%; Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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