Welcome Tim: The New Assistant Winemaker

We recently had the pleasure of welcoming Tim Castle to the team at Helen’s Hill as the new Assistant Winemaker working with Scott McCarthy.  Tim was kind enough give us a bit of his time so we could get to know him a little better!

Q: So how did you get involved in the wine industry? […]

By |July 29th, 2015|news, winemaking|0 Comments

2015 Vintage Report

Finally the weather gods and our hard work renovating the vineyard came together and we can thankfully say that our 2015 vintage will go down in the history pages as a fantastic vintage.

Over the last 6 vintages we have endured heat waves and fires (2009) almost flood conditions (2011) and extraordinarily bad weather during flowering (2014). All of these […]

By |June 1st, 2015|Vintage reports, wine, winemaking|0 Comments

Helen’s Hill Estate – Pinot Noir 2013 review

I am often asked why we call the Helen’s Hill Pinot Noir “Long Walk”. The reasoning is quite simple. Most of the fruit (approximately 70%) is taken from our main Pinot Noir block which is around 8.5 hectares in total size and consists of 70 rows each 532 metres in length. So if you go […]

By |March 26th, 2014|vineyard, wine, winemaking|0 Comments

Vintage 2014 at Helen’s Hill

Harvest is well under way here at Helen’s Hill, and we’re busy tasting the fruit that’s coming into the winery for our 2014 vintage. Some fabulous flavours are already coming through – the Shiraz is especially delicious. When you come into the cellar door in a weekend you may even catch a glimpse of our […]

By |March 12th, 2014|vineyard, wine, winemaking|0 Comments

2013 Vintage Report

It was with some trepidation that we started the 2013 vintage. Not just because of the number 13, but, in the last 5-6 vintages we have endured one good, one bad. So the stage was set for the odd year vintage curse. Fortuitously the odd year vintage curse was broken and we recorded back to […]

By |June 1st, 2013|vineyard, wine, winemaking|0 Comments

What Has Been Happening In The Vineyard Over Winter? (Part Two)

You may have noticed all the beautiful pink bows in the vineyard recently and wonder why we have taken to decorating our outdoors in such a fashion.

 

You may also have been following our Pinot Noir success at wine shows and the wine critiques recent reviews. This has all led to increased sales and demand and […]

By |September 26th, 2012|wine, winemaking|0 Comments

2012 Vintage Report

The 2012 vintage was one of the best vintages in the Yarra Valley for many a year. It certainly didn’t start out that well, as we recorded well above average rainfall during the critical flowering period in November 2011. At that stage we were concerned that we would have a repeat version of the horrendous […]

By |June 1st, 2012|vineyard, wine, winemaking|0 Comments

An update on the vineyard and vintage!

Since the beginning of spring, the grape vines have been slowly, but surely, doing their thing. Ever since we pruned, back in the middle of winter, I’ve been waiting for that first touch of green to arrive on the vines. And finally, it did!

At first it was the tiniest hint of green:

 

 

… and after a […]

By |January 13th, 2012|vineyard, wine, winemaking|0 Comments

Ingram Road Chardonnay 2010: Wine of the Week!

We were very excited to open our newspapers this past weekend, and spot that our very own Ingram Road Chardonnay had been picked as Huon Hooke’s Wine of the Week!

 

The review was published in the Sydney Morning Herald, under the ‘Good Living’ section, and reads as follows:

 

“Ingram Road is the second label of Helen’s Hill […]

By |December 15th, 2011|reviews, wine, winemaking|0 Comments

New release: Ingram Road Pinot Grigio 2011

One of the most asked questions at Cellar Door is, “What’s the difference between Pinot Grigio vs Pinot Gris?”. In terms of the actual grape variety, the answer is- nothing! But there’s quite a difference in terms of the style of the resultant wine.

 

The style varies from light bodied and fairly straight forward (Pinot Grigio) […]

By |November 3rd, 2011|vineyard, wine, winemaking|0 Comments