Helen's Hill Breachley Block Chardonnay 2020
1 or more bottles$25.99
James Halliday95 points
Huon Hooke92 points
Campbell Mattin92+ points
The Helen’s Hill wine range celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land.
Fruit primarily sourced from the oldest vines in the vineyard with "pockets" of other areas added for additional complexity. A cool climate classic. Stone fruits are the standout, white nectarine in its youth, richer yellow peach as it ages. French oak is a constant. This is new world Chardonnay at its best.
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Critic Scores & reviews
"(2018 vintage) "Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented and matured in French puncheons (30% new) for 9 months. Intense and powerful, with layers of white peach, cashew and pink grapefruit filling the mouth. Has immaculate balance, and all the length expected of a high class Yarra Valley chardonnay. Development is assured.""
""Attractive oatmeal and pear bouquet, the palate restrained and refreshing, delicate yet intense, with a long, linear shape and good persistence. Creamy lees nuances. A fine wine.""
""The back label describes this with the words “silky honeyed glossiness meets silky texture”. As fanciful as it sounds it’s pretty much spot on. It is honeyed, it is flinty, it shows both pineapple and grapefruit characters and yet there’s a softness to the mouthfeel. As a result, it’s an easy wine to take. And it’s also a quality one. It should improve with extra time in bottle too.""
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Helen's Hill Breachley Block Chardonnay 2019
- Variety Chardonnay
- Vintage 2019
- Brand Helen's Hill
- Cellaring 5-10 Years
- Wine Type White
- Alcohol Percentage 13.0% Alcohol
James Halliday95 points
Huon Hooke92 points
Campbell Mattin92+ points
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The Yarra Valley is a wine region known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has become a leading wine tourism destination, popular for weekend trips as it is located only an hour’s drive northeast of Melbourne.
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Yarra Valley is the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first vines planted in 1838 at Yering Station. Reg Egan founded the iconic Wantirna Estate in 1963, followed by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969 who founded equally lauded Yarra Yering in the foot of the Warramate Hills. Nowadays a fleet of new world wine makers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production. Key wineries to look out for are Mayer, William Downie and Macforbes.
The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.
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About the brand Helen's Hill
It’s no coincidence we are where we are. We scoured Coldstream in the Yarra Valley to find the perfect site. We were looking for three things - hills, microclimates and the iconic Yarra Valley soil.
The combination of these three factors is why we chose Helen’s Hill to put down our roots, as we knew this climate would make our wines truly interesting and unique to others in the region. To this day, these factors define us and the wines we produce.