ASHTON HILLS 'RESERVE' PINOT NOIR 2012
Campbell Mattin95 points
Chris Shanahan97 points
Light (Light)Full (Full)
Low Tannin (Low Tannin)Tannic (Tannic)
Sweet (Sweet)Dry (Dry)
Low Acidity (Low Acidity)High Acidity (High Acidity)
Critic Scores & reviews
"Straight up, immediately on opening, this offers superb pinot noir drinking. I can see why Ashton Hills pinot has long since rung my bells. It's long and sinewy and yet flush with gorgeously ripe, seductive, fruit and oak flavour. Black pepper, cherry plum, swish cedary notes, cranberry and rose petals. Clovey, gum-leaf notes also play a role, as does a slight kick of alcohol on the finish. For pure, meaty/spicy, concentrated power, this wine takes some beating."
"For all the talk of "terroir", the best wines, in any region, come from those making the fewest compromises in every little step through vineyard, harvest, grape transport, winemaking, maturation, bottling and storage. Stephen George's wines show these perfectionist traits year after year. So, on a recent visit to the cellar, it was no surprise to taste pinots probably as good as they'll ever be out of the Adelaide Hills - each showing the character of its vintage. George's Estate Pinot Noir 2011 ($30) showed the edgy, just-ripe flavours of the cold season, albeit with pinot's slick texture and fine tannins. The reserve 2012 revealed the beauty of an exceptional year - pinot with extra fruity depth, flesh, power and layers of flavour; all without losing its "pinosity", that hard-to-describe character separating pinot from other varieties."
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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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