2014 vintage

James Halliday – October 2016

Deep purple-crimson; destemmed and crushed to small open top stainless steel pots for co-fermentation with 1.24% viognier. After 10 days on skins, was pressed, settled and racked to French barriques (35% new) for 18 months maturation, during which time it was only racked once prior to being readied for bottling. The bouquet is flush with black fruits, a whiff of cracked pepper and of briar, the palate medium to full-bodied. Its undoubted power does not rely on tannins so much as the intensity and persistence of the flavours from a low-yielding vintage, the berries and bunches smaller than usual. Vine maturity, meticulous viticulture of the highest standard, and the use of high tech grape sorting machines are unseen but critically important contributors to the quality of Helen’s Hill’s wines. Prior history in the Yarra Valley would suggest a minimum life span of
20-plus years. 95 points

2013 vintage

Rating:95  Drink By: 2033 Date Tasted: 29 Apr 2015
James Halliday – Published on 27 Jul 2015
Deep, verging inky, colour; an intense wine in every respect, taking no prisoners and a nigh-on perfect example of how much power cool-grown shiraz can generate with its moderate alcohol. And while tannins are certainly present, it’s the bright blue and black fruits and attendant acidity that provide the horse power, not oak or tannin extract. The journey will be a long one, but very rewarding.

2010 vintage

James Halliday 2012 review
“Excellent purple-crimson; a very good rendition of Yarra Valley shiraz; both the bouquet and palate have an array of black and red berry fruits; the fine but persistent tannins adding structure, French oak also adding to the length of the palate. 94 points.”

2008 vintage

Nick’s Wine Merchants 2010 review
“Deep purple dark red colour with deep dark red mauve hue. Aromas of ripe blackberry, liquorice allsorts and confectionary. The palate displays excellent concentration with flavours of ripe dark blackberry, liquorice and confectionary followed by a very persistent blackpepper character that explodes on the back palate. Exceptional length. Fine grained tannins with very long aftertaste of blackpepper, liquorice and blackberry.”