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94-Point Pinot for Under $15 - 12/09/2019 - Australia

When it comes to outstanding value, it simply doesn’t get much better than Helen’s Hill. This remarkable estate is turning out some of Yarra Valley’s finest expressions and at unbelievably low prices. One of the most impressive finds from their stable of brilliant wines is the 2018 “Ingram Road" Pinot Noir. Rated 94 points and priced at $14.99, it has all the makings of an instant bestseller. Bright, dynamic, and above all delicious, it’s hard not to fall hard for this enticing 2018. Its classic cool-climate profile means it has the silky tannins and soft mouthfeel that’s perfect for sipping on its own. But don’t be afraid to pair with a wide range of dishes as “versatility” is this wine’s middle name. A huge hit with our staff and the critics, this is the kind of go-to red you can pour with confidence through the holidays and well beyond. Anyone who wants a well-rounded, brilliantly composed red will do well with this masterful composition from Helen’s Hill.

2018 Helen's Hill "Ingram Road" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria ($14.99)

94 points James Halliday: "Selective-harvested, a mix of new and old clones destemmed and co-fermented, 10 days on skins, then pressed to French barriques (10% new) for mlf and 11 months maturation. Bright, clear crimson-purple-hue; Helen's Hill nailed this wine in a hectic vintage, the fragrant, high-toned flavours of red cherries and berries make oak a vehicle, not an end in itself." (08/2019)

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2019

This wine begs the question, why is Yarra Valley Pinot not a thing? It is in Australia but not in the States. This is Pinot for anyone who enjoys drinking coastal California Pinot but wants to spend 50% less. The wine sings. Bright red fruits, lots of strawberries and cherries, with dark red fruit backed with a hint of dustiness. The palate is soft and easy, so easy, the wine will almost be gone before dinner is served. This is a perfect entry point to a great Pinot Noir region.

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 02, 2019

Australias Yarra Valley is one of the best places in the world to find outstanding value in Pinot Noir. This cool climate region just to the east of Melbourne is known as Australias Burgundy producing exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Helens Hill is one of the producers's we have found that makes great Pinot Noir that dramatically out-performs its price. The Ingram Road Pinot Noir is a great example: bright, lifted aromas of maraschino cherries and strawberries on the nose follow through to soft, red-fruited palate that is fresh and incredibly smooth, with an acid line that strikes right down the palate. This pristine, beautiful Pinot Noir is one of those incredible $15 bottles that drinks like its $30.

Miles Philippe | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 25, 2019

Crunchy cranberry is the name of the game here! With bright and fresh red fruits, this is a wine best enjoyed with some food. Anything that you would use a tarter and lighter style of Pinot Noir for, this will be a slam dunk wine to use for that pairing!

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 25, 2019

Bright, crunchy, and red fruited, this is better than the vast majority of $15 Pinots you will find from any country in the store. With silky tannin, strawberries, and cherry character, you can get a strong sense of this cool-climate site. Easy to drink, affordable, and simply delicious, I can see why this is a hit with our customers year after year.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 25, 2019

I was skeptical. I usually do not care much for the mass produced value Pinots of the world. Which is why I was stunned when I took a whiff of this one. So bright, expressive, rich, and delicate all at once! Strawberry compote, raspberry, mint with a touch of basil, a touch of toast from the oak. This is a superbly made, single-vineyard Pinot Noir for an astoundingly reasonable $14.99. I'll be keeping a case of this at home for myself.

Staff ImageLilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 24, 2019

This Pinot Noir can definitely rival many Bourgogne Rouge wines! Bright, crunchy flavors of red cherries, cranberries, juicy red plums and red currants burst on the palate. It's fresh and vibrant Pinot Noir with lots of lively and zesty personality.