Chris Hill Reserve Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2017 (12 x 750mL) SA

Description:

Opening with a classic cool climate bouquet of ripe strawberries and leafy green herbs, the complex flavours gently unfold on the tongue and the sensuous mouth feel is typical Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir … sophisticated and sexy. The palate weight is full and gripping, reflecting the high tannin component of this vintage.

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Opening with a classic cool climate bouquet of ripe strawberries and leafy green herbs, the complex flavours gently unfold on the tongue and the sensuous mouth feel is typical Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir … sophisticated and sexy. The palate weight is full and gripping, reflecting the high tannin component of this vintage.

Region:
SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

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Colour

The appearance is a bright crimson, cherry red with subtle hints of earthy brick red.

Aroma

The bouquet is a potpourri of complex savoury aromas, like walking into a farmer’s market. There are fresh dark berries, smoke house meats and dried herbs. Oak maturation is subtle but obvious and there are hints of baked pastry and spiced rum.

Palate

The palate is full bodied after the initial burst of ripe strawberry fruit. The savoury flavours of oak and smoked meats add weight and dimension from the middle and are supported by firm gripping tannins that give texture and balance. The finish is long lasting with a hint of mocha and dark chocolate.

Food Matching

This is a wine for sophisticated flavour pairings; duck liver pate on crispy lavosh bread or steak tartar with herbs, spices and raw egg yolk, confit duck leg or twice cooked Szechuan Pork Belly. It can handle the rich and luxurious flavours and is equally delicious along side BBQ lamb chops or veal scaloppini.

Cellaring Potential

Pinot Noir from this cool climate Adelaide Hills vineyard already has a solid reputation for cellaring. My first vintage was 2008 and it’s still drinking well now. I think 2017 will continue the tradition.

Winery Profile

My first winemaking experience was harvesting grapes in the Barossa Valley during vintage 1981. Long hot days were spent hand picking bunches of sweet, sticky Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache and a host of other nearly forgotten varieties. At the end of each day after the last bins were tipped into the crusher, we’d meet at the weighbridge with Peter Lehmann for a bottomless glass of robust Shiraz and an inspired conversation about the new wines and vintage developments.

After three decades my day still ends with a nice glass or two of Shiraz or maybe Chardonnay but a lot has changed over that time. From a humble cellar hand plunging skins in open concrete fermenters during the 1980’s, to debating the appropriate cooperage for Hunter Shiraz with Len Evans in the 1990’s to the corporate boardrooms of giant multinationals in the 2000’s, I’m now back to making wine as an independent negociant.

Based in the heart of McLaren Vale, I’m surrounded by wonderful old vineyards and dozens of modern wineries run by talented winemakers. The joy of being a negociant winemaker is the flexibility to be able to source grapes and make wine anywhere throughout Australia. The benefit is an unlimited resource of varieties, regions, styles and skills to craft individual batches of unique wines without constraints.

My goal is to create genuine, honest wines that showcase flavour, vitality and life. Good wine should be accessible to all and be enjoyed as part of a healthy, active lifestyle with fine food, close friends and plenty of fun. I have many favourites but I believe variety is the spice of life and I enjoy discovering new flavours and stretching the boundaries of traditional winemaking.

From an old favourite to something exotic, tantalizing and new, I hope you enjoy the journey through my selection of classic Australian wines.

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Other Information

  • 2017 vintage
  • 12 x 750mL units
  • SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills, South Australia
  • Screwcap closure
  • 13.5% alc.
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