Mike Bennie, The Winefront. July 13th 2016.

2013 Helen’s Hill Estate Range View Reserve Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

Helen’s Hill single clone reserve wines are very good wines, and very interesting in their focus on these single clone expressions – here, the D4V5 clone is singled out, as compared/contrasted to the Old Block Reserve Pinot Noir which is made from the MV6 clone. The Star Wars robot sounding clone D4V5 is typically known for its power and depth of flavour, though here some elevation and the cooler site likely downplays some of that impact, which is kind of nice. It’s hand-picked, hand-sorted for best bunches, sent to (40% new) French oak for 14 months.

Silky, supple, fantastic pinot noir. It’s gossamer delicate in texture, fine, long, sleek and yet imbued with pretty pinot noir fragrance and flavours. Set to red cherry, red fleshy plums and perky spice, it wafts from the glass and sits like a soft sheet in the palate, but there’s fine wood and tannin to accompany. Indeed, for all that this wine is breezy and fine, there’s plenty of complexity here too. Right on. 94+ Points

 

Mike Bennie, The Winefront. June 16th 2016.

2013 Helen’s Hill Estate Old Block Reserve Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

Old Block means an vineyard planted in 1980 and to the MV6 clone. The wine spends 14 months in French Oak. Good Stuff.

Spicy bouquet with cedar and tobacco notes, segues into red cherries, raspberry, watermelon sweetness, shifts to floral things. It’s got plenty going on. The palate is firm and compact, shifting red fruits, woody spice and crisp acidity long through the mouth. Washy flavours but in the nicest way, letting the drinker enjoy savouriness and structure in youth. Feels pretty smart in its restraint and delicacy. 94 Points

Pinot noir, Helen’s Hill and the
expression of grape

By James Halliday, THE AUSTRALIAN, March 12th 2016

“The question is, are clones more important than climate and/or soil? Helen’s Hill has released two excellent pinots exploring this question.” James Halliday

2013 Helen’s Hill Estate Old Block Reserve Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

MV6 clone, hand-picked (Feb 20) and sorted, matured 14 months in French barriques (40% new). Bright, clear crimson; highly expressive bouquet with gently spiced red fruit and flower aromas; superfine, elegant, long, red cherry to the fore; has made light work of the new oak, the finish lingering and fresh. 12.8% alc; screwcap. 96 points; drink to 2023; $60

2013 Helen’s Hill Estate Range View Reserve Pinot Noir

Pommard clone (D4V5), hand-picked (Feb 19) and sorted, matured 14 months in French
barriques (40% new). Clear, deep crimson-purple hue; dark berry and plum aromas flow seamlessly into a perfectly proportioned palate; fruit, oak, fine tannins all contribute to a complex pinot. 12.8% alc; screwcap. 96 points; drink to 2023; $60