Barolo, Adelaide Hills

One of Italy’s most prestigious wine regions often referred to as “the Burgundy of Italy”. The now DOCG status region is renowned for producing some of Italy's finest red wines from 100% Nebbiolo.

The appellation of Barolo is located in the south of the state of Piedmont in the very north-west of Italy. The town of Barolo for which the region is named is located in the Monferrato foothills, which are a set of picturesque rolling hillsides and bordered to the north and west by the Tanaro River. The whole region sits about half-way between the major port of north-west Italy, Genoa to the south-east, and capital city Turin to the north-west. The heart of the Barolo vineyard zone, established in 1896, covers the parishes of Castiglione Falletto, Monforte d’Alba, La Morra, Serralunga d’Alba and Barolo itself, and is supplemented by parts of the townships of Novello, Verduno and Grinzane Cavour, added in 1934 to the official regional classification, and then by Diano d’Alba, Cherasco and Roddi added in 1966.

The wines made are typically fragrant and tannic with a depth of flavour and finesse like no other earning them the coveted title of ‘the King of Wines’ for centuries. Winemaking practices vary within the defined methods that the DOCG allows but there is a distinct modern and traditional divide in preferred styles.

The region has two major soil types - a sandy Tortonian marl producing a softer wine and a Helvetian sandstone clay that is known for a more robust style. The continental climate, with a long summer and late autumn enables the fickle grape to reach the perfect ripeness to create these stunning wines.

Records show that Nebbiolo has been grown in Piedmont since at least the 13th century, though despite this long history and the high quality of the wines it can produce, it is not grown in many other wine regions. For the grape grower and winemaker, making great wine out of Nebbiolo is a balancing act; it naturally possesses an incredibly high amount of acidity, and the thick skins transfer a huge amount of thick, chalky tannins into the wine. Balancing these two elements, as well as enticing out the enchanting ‘tar and roses’ notes from the grapes is the key to good Nebbiolo.
Famous for their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir, the viticulture of this region was re-established in 1979 but grapes were planted locally as early as 1839. During the last three decades, Adelaide Hills has emerged as one of Australia’s most exciting cool climate wine region, being known to produce elegant, distinct, sophisticated wines. Located in the Mount Lofty Ranges and only a 30-minute drive from Adelaide, this region is home not only to over 90 wine labels and 48 cellar doors, but also to multiple forests, beef and dairy farms, apple and pear orchards.

Known to be one of the largest geographical wine regions in Australia, the Adelaide Hills are made up of two registered sub-regions: Lenswood and Piccadilly Valley. These narrow band of hills stretch across to be approximately 70 km long and 30 km wide and border Barossa and Eden Valleys to the North and McLaren Vale to the South.

The climate of this region is considerably cooler compared to other wine regions in the summer, due to the altitudes of the vineyards being 400-700 meters high. The cooler drier climate produces grapes with ideal fruit composition, creating the perfect balance of flavour and acidity.
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  1. MIKE PRESS 'SINGLE VINEYARD' CHARDONNAY 2018
    A lovely fresh, fruit-forward unoaked Chardonnay. The nose shows aromas of grapefruit, melons, apples and nectarines, with some grassy notes. Refreshing and crisp with nice complexity and minerality. The grapes are harvested early morning when the temperature is cool. Then ... Learn More
  2. MIKE PRESS 'SINGLE VINEYARD' CHARDONNAY 2017
    A lovely fresh, fruit-forward unoaked Chardonnay. The nose shows aromas of grapefruit, melons, apples and nectarines, with some grassy notes. Refreshing and crisp with nice complexity and minerality. The grapes are harvested early morning when the temperature is cool. Then ... Learn More
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  3. ZILZIE 'ADELAIDE HILLS' PINOT NOIR 2019
    The fruit was selected from premium Adelaide Hills vineyards, cool fermented on skins then gently pressed into stainless steel to optimise colour and flavour. ... Learn More
  4. MIKE PRESS 'SINGLE VINEYARD' SHIRAZ 2018
    The 2018 vintage in the Adelaide Hills really allowed this shiraz to live up to its reputation. This is a wine bursting with flavour, it is a light to medium bodied cool climate shiraz that has become a flagship within the ... Learn More
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  5. MIKE PRESS 'SINGLE VINEYARD' SHIRAZ 2017
    The 2017 vintage in the Adelaide Hills really allowed this shiraz to live up to its reputation. This is a wine bursting with flavour, it is a light to medium bodied cool climate shiraz that has become a flagship within the ... Learn More
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  6. LA LINEA TEMPRANILLO ROSE 2017
    Having picked each block at optimum ripeness (which in a cooler, later season meant approximately half a baumé later than in ’16), we used the proven techniques that have made La Linea rosé a benchmark style: some time on skins after ... Learn More
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  7. SAINT AND SCHOLAR PINOT NOIR ROSE 2019
    An intriguing wine, firstly boasting a pale salmon colour, closely mimicking the fine Rose wines made out of Provence, France. Like a kid in a candy shop, the Saint and Scholar Rose shows mouth-watering Strawberry and Creams, along with sweet ... Learn More
  8. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'PINOT GRIGIO BY PRIMO ESTATE' 2019
    It makes perfect sense that Primo make a superb Pinot Grigio, as Joe Grilli has spent many vintages making wine in Italy, the home of the variety. On the nose: Bright aromas of pear and honeysuckle blossom. Lovely floral and ... Learn More
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  9. UNITED CELLARS SELECTION 'ROSE BY TOM BARRY' 2018
    WINNER; James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 WINERY OF THE YEAR! Made in partnership with the Jim Barry family wine company - one of Australia's best producers - from a Single Vineyard in Kuitpo (sub region of Adelaide Hills) planted in 2002. Beautiful ... Learn More
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  10. RIPOSTE 'THE DAGGER' PINOT NOIR 2017
    Fruit is sourced from two great vineyard sites at Charleston and Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills. Displays all of the hallmark aromas, flavours and texture of Pinot Noir. Striking floral edges with cuts of bright red berries combine on the ... Learn More
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  11. HAHNDORF HILL WINERY 'WHITE MISCHIEF' GRUNER VELTLINER 2019
    Made in a New World fruit-driven style emphasising a broad range of varietal primary fruits. Hand-picked, chilled for 24 hours in small slotted bins, pressed, free-run fermented separately from the pressings then blended back to provide textural play, left on gross ... Learn More
  12. THE LANE BLOCK 2 ADELAIDE HILLS PINOT GRIS 2020
    Clean, crisp and fresh. A classic cool-climate Pinot Gris displaying lifted guava, honeysuckle and crunchy Nashi pear with a waxy texture and lively citrus finish. From one of the oldest Pinot Gris vineyards in the Adelaide Hills at 450m elevation. ... Learn More
  13. SECRET DEAL ADELAIDE HILLS CHARDONNAY 2018
    The 2018 Chardonnay reveals a supple core of white stone fruit and citrus blossom overlaid with tempered edges of minerality. On the palate bright varietal fruit is guided to the finish with nuances of French oak and crisp acidity. The Chardonnay ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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  14. THE LANE BLOCK 2 ADELAIDE HILLS PINOT GRIS 2019
    Clean, crisp and fresh. A classic cool-climate Pinot Gris displaying lifted guava, honeysuckle and crunchy Nashi pear with a waxy texture and lively citrus finish. From one of the oldest Pinot Gris vineyards in the Adelaide Hills at 450m elevation. ... Learn More
  15. THE LANE BLOCK 1A ADELAIDE HILLS CHARDONNAY 2019
    "This is the finest value Chardonnay I have tasted in the last 12 months, not just from Australia, but from anywhere on earth" - Matthew Jukes The Lane Vineyard Block Series show true varietal character and the influence of the terroir ... Learn More
  16. THE LANE BLOCK 1A ADELAIDE HILLS CHARDONNAY 2018
    "This is the finest value Chardonnay I have tasted in the last 12 months, not just from Australia, but from anywhere on earth" - Matthew Jukes The Lane Vineyard Block Series show true varietal character and the influence of the terroir ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  17. PATRITTI ADELAIDE HILLS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2020
    A vintage that will be remembered for its challenges but also for the quality of the wines that were produced. Crop levels were low, in some cases very low, as a result of extreme weather conditions early in the season. ... Learn More
  18. SC PANNELL PINOT GRIGIO 2018
    The perfect easy-drinking weekend wine or pre-dinner drink. Extremely versatile! Quite a perfumed nose, with aromas of pears, florals and subtle spice. A richer and more concentrated palate than many Grigios but still beautifully fresh, with balance and length. Quite ... Learn More
  19. CASA FRESCHI RAGAZZI PINOT GRIGIO 2018
    26% barrel fermentation (7% mlf) and 8 months on lees has invested the wine with the complexity one might expect from a gris, but not grigio. Regardless, the result is a high quality wine with a smoky, tangy set of flavours finishing with ... Learn More
  20. SC PANNELL SAUVIGNON BLANC 2020
    Expresses the regional and varietal characters of Sauvignon Blanc. Fragrant, complex and aromatic, the nose shows aromas of guava, passionfruit, pink grapefruit and white currant. This is more textural than most Sauvignon Blancs. The palate is balanced, crisp with lightness ... Learn More
  21. SC PANNELL ARIDO ROSE 2018
    79% Mourvedre, 12% Grenache Noir and 9% Touriga Nacional. “This vintage saw the opportunity to make an even more versatile style with a greater level of complexity from the inclusion of Mourvedre and Touriga Nacional. A more serious and thought-provoking release.” - Stephen ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  22. SHAW & SMITH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018
    For decades has been the benchmark in Australian SB. The style has remained fresh, aromatic, and pure. 2018 was a fantastic vintage for this wine. It is bright and aromatic with notes of grapefruit, nashi pear and nettles. On the palate ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  23. SC PANNELL SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018
    Expresses the regional and varietal characters of Sauvignon Blanc. Fragrant, complex and aromatic, the nose shows aromas of guava, passionfruit, pink grapefruit and white currant. This is more textural than most Sauvignon Blancs. The palate is balanced, crisp with lightness ... Learn More
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  24. SHAW & SMITH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2020
    Shaw and Smith has firmly established itself as one of Australia's leading Sauvignon Blanc makers. The 2020 Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc represents the 31st vintage of this wine, which is once again an exceptional Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc. Offering lively ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  25. SHAW & SMITH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019
    Shaw and Smith has firmly established itself as one of Australia's leading Sauvignon Blanc makers. The 2019 Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc represents the 30th vintage of this wine, which is once again an exceptional Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc. Offering lively ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  26. SECRET DEAL ADELAIDE HILLS PINOT NOIR 2018
    Another superb Pinot Noir from legendary maker Tim Knappstein, who is a master with this fickle variety. This is a reserve-grade wine made from the best parcels of fruit. Pale ruby. Redcurrant, Campari spice, liquorice and savoury oak. Firm yet ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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    James Halliday
  27. TERRE A TERRE PICCADILLY ROSÉ 2018
    Terre à Terre is proud to present its third release of Piccadilly Rosé coming from its 3 vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley (Adelaide Hills) – the Bizot Vineyard, the Heysen Vineyard and the Summertown Vineyard. The Bizot vineyard was planted in 1995-1996 with ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  28. Ashton Hills Pinot Noir 'Piccadilly Valley' 2017
    The Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from the Ashton Hills vineyard, Grigg’s Cemetery Block and the Blefari Bickles Rd Vineyard Lovely nose displaying cherries & herbs. Hints of spice and violets add to the intriguing complexity. ... Learn More
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  29. Ashton Hills Pinot Noir 'Piccadilly Valley' 2019
    A highly anticipated, limited release chardonnay with only 200 dozen produced. The bouquet expresses yellow peach and lemon curd along with white flowers and Crème Brulee. Fresh ripe peaches and nectarines embrace the palate, as well as lemon peel, grilled ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  30. Ashton Hills Pinot Noir 'Piccadilly Valley' 2018
    A highly anticipated, limited release chardonnay with only 200 dozen produced. The bouquet expresses yellow peach and lemon curd along with white flowers and Crème Brulee. Fresh ripe peaches and nectarines embrace the palate, as well as lemon peel, grilled ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  31. SC PANNELL 'ADELAIDE HILLS' SYRAH 2018
    Sourced from a vineyard in Echunga, 410m above sea level and just down the road from the first vineyard planted in South Australia. Stephen has worked with this vineyard since 2010, and in 2014 won the Jimmy Watson trophy for the ‘13 vintage. ... Learn More
  32. SC PANNELL 'ADELAIDE HILLS' SYRAH 2016
    This wine pays homage to the wines of the Northern Rhone regions of Côte Rôtie and St Joseph. Highly perfumed, vibrant and complex with prominent blackforest fruits, tapenade, all spice, terracotta, dark cocoa powder and tamarind. The palate ... Learn More
  33. OCHOTA BARRELS TEXTURE LIKE SUN SECTOR RED 2020
    In classic Taras style, there is nothing 'classic' about this blend. It's a playful bits 'n' pieces blend of Pinot Noir, Grenache, Gamay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Meunier, Fragola, Riesling, and Chardonnay which is wicked to drink. The blend sounds weird but ... Learn More
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  34. SC PANNELL PICCADILLY CHARDONNAY 2017
    Chardonnay is Steve Pannell’s favourite white grape and for him it is all about the complexity and the reductive notes achieved through natural fermentation, the use of very large French oak and settling on lees in tank for three ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
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  35. Ashton Hills 'Piccadilly Valley' Vintage Sparkling Rosé 2017
    Hand-picked fruit was chilled before gentle, whole bunch pressing. Fermented in tank, the colourless pinot noir base wine was then assembled and tiraged, refermenting in bottle via méthode traditionnelle and disgorged after one year. The attractive salmon hue was ... Learn More
  36. SHAW & SMITH PINOT NOIR 2019
    Shaw + Smith own two vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, at Balhannah and Lenswood, totalling 55 hectares. The vineyards are planted to varieties that perform particularly well in the region, namely Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Shaw + Smith was established ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  37. SHAW AND SMITH SHIRAZ 2018
    Shaw + Smith Shiraz is a medium bodied cool-climate Shiraz, in which balance is more important than power. The 2016 has intensity and generosity, showing darker fruits: a reflection of an excellent warm, yet even, season. From low yielding vines predominantly at ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  38. SHAW & SMITH 'M3' CHARDONNAY 2019
    M3 is at the forefront of the ongoing refinement and evolution of Australian Chardonnay. We aim for elegance, restraint, and the capacity to age in bottle. Aromas of white flowers, grapefruit, and white peach. A note of brioche adds complexity. ... Learn More
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    Ray Jordan
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    Toni Paterson MW
  39. GD VAJRA BARBERA D'ALBA 2018
    Totally opaque black dark red core with a bright deep purple red hue. A fragrant nose of ripe, freshly crushed berries combines with hints of violets, subtle liquorice, inky earth and spice scents. Juicy and vibrant the palate is filled ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  40. Ashton Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2018
    Ashton Hills is a three hectare, dry-grown vineyard that lies in the Piccadilly Valley sub region of the Adelaide Hills on a ridge just below the summit of Mount Lofty. The estate was founded by Stephen George in 1982 and since ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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