Perched atop the spectacular boulder strewn slopes of the Great Dividing Range, midway between Mt Macedon and Heathcote, the Granite Hills vineyard lies at the interface of climates. Essentially cool due to an altitude of 550 metres, but with a warm and dry influence from central Victoria, it’s no surprise that this is home to one of Australia’s benchmark rieslings as well as being heralded as the birthplace of peppery shiraz. Since the first plantings in 1970, Granite Hills has forged an enviable reputation winning numerous awards from local and international shows.
The newly released 2012 Granite Hills Riesling is the 37th consecutive vintage of this wine that is widely recognised as one of Australia's finest cool climate Rieslings. The stony granite soils, high altitude and cool night temperatures impress the fruit of these 40 year-old Riesling vines with a special refinement and persistence of flavour. These qualities are nurtured through hand harvesting and gentle winemaking techniques to mould a style renowned for its definitive varietal expression, fine natural acidity and the ability to age, gaining even greater complexity with time.
"Granite Hills is one of the enduring classics, pioneering the successful growing of riesling and shiraz in an uncompromisingly cool climate. It is based on riesling, chardonnay, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and pinot noir (the last also used in its sparkling wine). After a quiet period in the 1990s, it has been reinvigorated. The Rieslings age superbly, and the Shiraz is at the forefront of the cool climate school in Australia." - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion Website.
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