2016 Helen's Hill "Ingram Road" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria

SKU #1363624 91 points James Halliday

 Light, clear hue; a perfumed bouquet of poached strawberries and red cherries is enhanced by a touch of integrated French oak. The palate has more drive than promised by the colour or bouquet, with spice and wild herbs joining the red fruits. Early picking has enhanced freshness and the pleasantly grippy finish. Will grow in the bottle over the next 3-5 years.  (8/2018)

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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2018 | Send Email
Blended from several of the different Pinot clones on the estate. Most notably, the Old Block MV6 clone, whose original cuttings were taken from Clos Vougeot, one of Burgundy’s most renowned Grand Cru vineyards. The fruit from these vines is small and concentrated with powerful dark berry flavor. It’s complemented nicely by the Pommard clone Pinot that’s planted across the eastward-facing slope of the Range View Block. That fruit adds a nicely earthy and savory element, with red berry fruit and subtle baking spice. All of the Pinots produced by Helen’s Hill see some French oak, a judicious mix of old and new barrels, to impart a subtle sweet toast character and a great textural element.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/2/2018 | Send Email
Fresh and juicy! This Pinot is an absolute steal and made in a style that you don't often find in this price point. It has great lift and bright acidity making it a wonderful food pairing wine. I'd recommend it with a simple roast chicken or fish.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/2/2018 | Send Email
Unbelievable - that's the best word I can find to describe this wine. It absolutely blew me away with how good it is. There is a flintiness and herbal character that I haven't come across in any other Pinot Noirs coming out of Australia. This wine is crunchy and super bright and this incredible length that stays with you for an unprecedented amount of time. Helen's Hill has truly found some secret formula and their cool climate sites are on full display here. Whatever they have done, I'm in awe of the result. Top value for sure.
Top Value!

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.


Specific Appellation:

Yarra Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 12.8