The Helen’s Hill wine range holds the spirit of those who have gone before us. It celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land. Each wine is hand crafted and under goes an arduous selection process before it makes it into a Helen’s Hill bottle. As we know, great wine is made in the vineyard and as such only small select parcels of fruit from certain rows of our single vineyard site are hand picked at harvest. Each wine is fermented in select French oak barrels. Prior to bottling, each barrel is tasted and ranked with only the best barrels selected for the Helen’s Hill range.
The key to our Helen’s Hill Syrah is hand picking. By hand picking we can ensure that our Syrah is at the optimal ripeness and flavour profile at harvest time and therefore allow this variety to show its renowned and universally enjoyed full ripe flavours. After picking the fruit is de-stemmed and crushed into our open top fermenters to undergo primary fermentation. (approximately 6-8 days) The fruit then spends up to 6 weeks in the fermenters going through post ferment maceration to extract maximum color and tannins from the skins whilst adding texture and weight to the juice.
After fermentation is complete, the skins are pressed off and the juice settled in tank for 48 hours. The juice is then “racked” off to French Oak barrels (45% New, 55% Old) for full malolactic fermentation which takes approximately 4 months. After malolactic fermentation is complete the wine is “racked” to tank, the barrels are cleaned, and the wine is returned to the same barrels for final barrel maturation.
Co-fermented with 2% viognier, matured for 18 months in French puncheons (35% new). Revels in the exceptional quality of the vintage and the unrelenting attention to detail in the estate vineyards. The bouquet draws you back again and again to its rainbow of aromas of spices, forest floor, leaf, briar and dark chocolate, most morphing into the very complex palate that adds licorice and oak to the equation.Drink to: 2035; Price: $35.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2018; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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