Helen's Hill Range View Reserve Pinot Noir 2017

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HHRV201710 UCAU
  • 100% D4V5 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir
  • 'We take what Mother Nature gives us. We let the sun, the rain and the soil work its magic.' - Helen's Hill
  • Sustainable and minimalist approach
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  • James Halliday
    95 points
  • Campbell Mattin
    93+ points
  • Huon Hooke
    91 points

Editors notes

The Helen’s Hill wine range celebrates passion, persistence and the genuine connection between people and land.

100% D4V5 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir. The Rangeview Pinot Noir is powerful with all the dark fruits and structure required to lift it to the pinnacle the Helen's Hill Pinot range. The Helen’s Hill Single Clone Reserve Pinot Noirs speak to everything they are as vignerons and winemakers – they are cool climate producers, and this is the pinnacle of their craft.

The palate is deep, concentrated, complex and firm. There’s a whole lot of awesome to get your head around here, so we’d recommend focusing on unravelling its brilliance one glass at a time.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Earthy
    • Herbal
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cedar
    • Red Cherry
    • Strawberry

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Game
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Halliday

    95
    "(2016 vintage) "Pommard clone, identical vinification to The Smuggler. A rich, plummy bouquet sets the scene for the layered palate that carries its fruit with ease thanks to its fine tannin structure all the way to the finish. No question: the Pommard clone works well on this site.""
  • Campbell Mattinson

    93+
    "(2016 vintage) "This is a wine of presence. It’s not thick or rich but it has a density, or at least a gravity. Graphite, black cherry, earth, garden herbs and sweet spices, with a flash of oak over the top. Impressive wine. Beautifully structured, beautifully long, with lots of interest.""
  • Huon Hooke

    91
    "(2015 vintage) "Deep red colour with a faint tinge of purple. The bouquet is earthy, oak-spicy and seems developed. Savoury and a bit dry-red-ish. The wine is full-bodied and highly structured, tannic and chewy and rather drying. A solid, oaky wine that lacks pinosity. I'd cellar it.""

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Locations

Australia

Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.

Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.

Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.

With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.

Victoria

The wine region of Victoria has the highest number of grapevines than any other state in Australia. It is home to over 600 wineries and well-known regions such as Yarra Valley, Heathcote, and Rutherglen. Victoria is situated in the southeastern corner of Australia where due to the location, the climate has a cool maritime influence and is known for its outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with producing Australia’s most famed dessert Muscat and Topaque wines.

There are a number of different terroir levels throughout the wine region of Victoria which leads to the production of different ranges of wines. In the southern region of Victoria, the vines are regulated by the cool winds of the Bass Strait. Central Victoria consists of mostly flat terrain that tends to be drier and warmer than the rest of Victoria, which results in more fruit concentrated wines. It may be surprising to note that Victoria is the third most productive wine region in Australia, seeing as it does not have as many areas suitable for viticulture, which has resulted in the cellar door culture of Victoria being concentrated with smaller, but more personal boutique wineries.

Yarra Valley

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.

The cool climate region has some of the oldest soils in the world, and produces terrific Chardonnays in the leaner, acid-driven style. Long gone are the days of excessively oaked and oily Chardonnays. Superb Pinot Noir is cultivated with tremendous results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and even Sparkling wines of premium quality are also worth seeking out.

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.

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.

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