Hillcrest Vineyard is a micro-boutique maker of individual, classically styled wines. Its owners, David and Tanya Bryant, look to the best producers from the famous French regions of Burgundy and Bordeaux as both their inspiration and benchmark. The style of the wines is clearly influenced by the art of Old World viticulture and winemaking, yet possess an added element of richness which is a distinctive feature of Australian wines. The great, old wines of Burgundy were renowned for this feature, and at Hillcrest it is brought to life in this thoughtful emulation of the great old wines of France.
Drawing on their small 48 year-old vineyard in Victoria's famous Yarra Valley wine region, David and Tanya spent the best part of a decade working with one of Australia's most highly regarded winemakers, Phillip Jones of Bass Phillip fame. During this time, they patiently observed and learned, progressively assuming more winemaking control each vintage, and now blend what has been an invaluable education with their own style and meticulous approach in the vineyard and winery.
Shows more mocha vanilla oak, blackberry and blackcurrant and is softer in the mouth than the Village. Supple ultra-fine grained tannin, red and black fruit, and fresh acidity on the finish. Plenty of mineral and lead pencil stuff here, though in comparison to the more rugged and more rustic Village, it has less presence on the mid-palate and less length. In evolution at present, I suspect. Will deliver more when it’s good and ready. Rating: 93+ Points; Drink: 2017-2029+; Price: $70.00; Date Tasted: April 2014; Alcohol: 13%; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
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