Cool-climate Australia sounds like somewhat of an oxymoron, but the widely acclaimed Pinot Noirs from Ashton Hills have spent the last 40 years proving otherwise.
Stephen George, regional pioneer and founder of Ashton Hills, recognised the potential of the undulating hills and winding valleys with their wide array of high altitudes and aspects to be home to some of the most elegantly styled and pure of fruit Pinot Noirs in the world.
The goldilocks of the wine world, Pinot Noir is notoriously difficult to please. Stephen has experimented with up to 25 different clones, ultimately settling on five which continue to produce wines which express the beauty of their surroundings through their lifted perfumes and refined structure, gaining somewhat of a cult following at home and on the international stage.
95 points, James Halliday “It has excellent colour and depth of fruit, predominantly red cherry and wild strawberry, accompanied by fine tannins and oak that needs to settle down – which it will do as the spices build.”
“[Ashton Hills] is the most distinguished site in South Australia for Pinot Noir; Stephen’s unremitting attention to detail has made Ashton Hills the one Grand Cru of the state.” – James Halliday
“Great news that Wirra Wirra has bought Ashton Hills. It’s like hearing that two of your best friends are hitching up: they could only have beautiful kids, no?” – Huon Hooke