Ashton Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2010
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Ashton Hills has the oldest pinot vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. Stephen George wears 3 winemakers ™ hats. one for his Ashton Hills wines coming from his estate vineyard high in the Adelaide Hills. one for Galah Wines and the other for the iconic Wendouree in Clare. He refers to his dry grown Piccadilly Valley vineyard planted back in 1982 as the Burgundy of the Adelaide Hills . Much experimentation with pinot noir clones (15 clones planted) and trellising has resulted in sublime pinot noir. Ashton Hills has received many awards including the coveted 5 Red star rating from James Halliday.
94 points James Halliday 2013 Australian Wine Companion… “Clear. light purple red. very much in the Ashton Hills style. fragrant and elegant. the flavours capturing elements of red fruits. spice and forest floor. without any one dominating. this is length at work. ”
Tyson Stelzer 94 points .. “There is a purity and a detail to Stephen George ™s Estate Pinot Noir that can only be attributed to devoting decades to understanding the nuances of a great site. 2010 is a vintage of style. poise and balance. Deep set black cherry and mixed berry compote fruit is spiced with layers of forest floor. mixed spice. herbal nuances. even savoury suggestions of game. A long lingering mouthfeel glides with a silky integration. thanks to bright acidity and soft. supple tannins. enhanced with whole bunch fermentation.
Huon Hooke 95 points … Deep purple red and fragrant. with spices and cherry aromas. Very intense and powerful in the mouth. it has trademark finesse but with more power and dimension than usual. Lovely texture and lingering finish. Now to 10 years.