Helen's Hill Estate Hill Top Single Vineyard Syrah 2012
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Helen's Hill Estate Hill Top Single Vineyard Syrah 2012

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Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Variety: Shiraz

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Helen's Hill Estate Hill Top Single Vineyard Syrah 2012

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Producer: Helen's Hill

Country: Australia

Region: Yarra Valley

Vintage: 2012

Critic Score: 95

Alcohol: 13.2%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2032


A perfect example of how much power cool-grown shiraz can generate - Nick Munday

Helen's Hill is a 150 acre property in Coldstream with some of the finest views of the Yarra Valley. As the name suggests, the 'Hill Top' Syrah is made from Shiraz grown at the highest point of Helen’s Hill. The vines are exposed to the hottest temperatures on the property, allowing them to thrive. The result is a cool climate Syrah with elegance and power, an iron fist in a velvet glove.

"The wine speaks of cooler climate Shiraz clearly, a touch of herbal complexity, a medium bodied, perky acidity, and in all that feels very drinkable, almost refreshing, but still gives a good hit of spicy red fruit. Trim and supple. Like this."  Mike Bennie

Expert reviews

"A wine of great length and flavour, that is complex and perfectly balanced. Imposing. To quote James Halliday: 'It is a perfect example of how much power cool-grown shiraz can generate.' Will last another decade at least." Nick Munday, Canterbury Wines - 95 points and Special Value Wine  ★  (Tasted Jun 2022)

"The wine speaks of cooler climate Shiraz clearly, a touch of herbal complexity, a medium bodied, perky acidity, and in all that feels very drinkable, almost refreshing, but still gives a good hit of spicy red fruit. Trim and supple. Like this. 13.2%.Mike Bennie, Wine Business Monthly (WBM) – 93 points

"Single vineyard syrah / shiraz from quality Yarra Valley producer Helen's Hill. I guess you could call it light-ish, though it has good colour and in general the wine makes its presence felt. It's certainly not thick or dense or syrupy though; it's more water-based than alcohol-based. It tastes of cherries, redcurrant, snapped twigs and beautifully integrated sweetly-spiced oak. Tannin is fine, grainy, gently autumnal.  This should drink and mature well over the medium term at least. Drink: 2015-2021+."  Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front – 91+ points

Awards

Special Value Wine – Canterbury Wines  

About the winery

Helen's Hill Winery

In 1997, the Nalder and McIntosh families purchased a 150 acre property in Coldstream with some of the finest views of the Yarra Valley and replanted the existing orchard as a vineyard. Today 110 acres are under vine.

The story of Helen's Hill began long before a vine was ever planted in Coldstream. It's a story of two families with a shared love of farming and wine. Having been dragged away from the land to careers in medicine and finance, they always yearned to return to a life they loved. So when they inspected a property now known as Helen's Hill Estate in 1996, they decided it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

The former owner John Frazer, a businessman working in Collins Street, proposed marriage in the 1950s to a young lady by the name of Helen. Helen agreed but on one condition; John had to buy a farm as Helen longed for a life on the land. John bought land in the Yarra Valley and the couple lived on the farm and started a family. Tragically, Helen was diagnosed with cancer and passed away, leaving John and two very young children to carry on. While showing Alan Nalder and Andrew McIntosh around the estate some 40 years later, John recalled a number of incidents – "this is where Helen bogged the tractor", "this is where Helen planted our first apple tree" and "this is where Helen…" At the completion of the inspection when they were standing atop the highest hill enjoying the views of the Yarra Valley, John recalled that in her last weeks Helen would love nothing more than to sit on this hill and look out over the sweeping farmland. He said, "This was Helen's Hill."

The new owners had a Helen in the family too, so the name 'Helen's Hill' seemed like the perfect name for their vineyard and winery.

Helen's Hill specialize in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 65 acres of pinot noir are planted to MV6, 114, 115 and a Pommard clone, while 16 acres of chardonnay are planted to PEN58, P76 and Mendoza clones. In addition, there are smaller plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio. The vineyard has a number of hills running through the property with different soil types and micro climates, which allow the different grape varieties to flourish.

"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.

The French call it terroir. We call it Helen's Hill."  Helen's Hill 

Wine region map of Victoria

Victoria

Victoria is home to more than 800 wineries across 21 wine regions. The regions are Alpine Valley, Beechworth, Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland, Glenrowan, Goulburn Valley, Grampians, Heathcote, Henty, King Valley, Macedon Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, Murray Darling, Pyrenees, Rutherglen, Strathbogie Ranges, Sunbury, Swan Hill, Upper Goulburn and Yarra Valley.

Victoria's first vines were planted at Yering in the Yarra Valley in 1838. By 1868 over 3,000 acres had been planted in Victoria, establishing Victoria as the premier wine State of the day. Today, the original vineyards planted at Best's Wines are among the oldest and rarest pre-phylloxera plantings in the world.

Victoria's climate varies from hot and dry in the north to cool in the south and each wine region specialises in different varietals. For example, Rutherglen in the north is famous for its opulent Muscats and Topaque and bold reds, while the many cooler climate regions near Melbourne produce world class Chardonnay and pinot Noir. Victoria is truly a wine lover's playground.