Helen's Hill Estate Long Walk Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
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Helen's Hill Estate Long Walk Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

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Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Variety: Pinot Noir

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Helen's Hill Estate Long Walk Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

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Producer: Helen's Hill

Country: Australia

Region: Yarra Valley

Vintage: 2010

Critic Score: 94

Alcohol: 13.9%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: Now


A pinot that has both depth and length to its display of dark plum and cherry fruit - James Halliday

Helen's Hill is a 150 acre property in Coldstream with some of the finest views of the Yarra Valley. The Long Walk Pinot Noir is made primarily from carefully selected rows in the largest block of Pinot Noir on the property. Each of the 120 rows is 520 meters long, so when tending the vines one is in for a long walk! 

The last nine vintages of the Long Walk Pinot Noir (vintages 2012 to 2021) have all received a Special Value Star in the Halliday Wine Companion. The Long Walk must surely rival the Hoddles Creek Estate Pinot Noir as the best value Pinot Noir to come out of the Yarra Valley.

"Estate-grown MV6, 113 and 114 clone grapes have come together in a top vintage to provide a pinot that has both depth and length to its display of dark plum and cherry fruit, French oak having its say, as do fine tannins - all in tune with each other."  James Halliday

Expert reviews

"Strong, clear red-purple; estate-grown MV6, 113 and 114 clone grapes have come together in a top vintage to provide a pinot that has both depth and length to its display of dark plum and cherry fruit, French oak having its say, as do fine tannins - all in tune with each other."  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion - 94 points

"We headed into this tasting expecting to be presented with the best examples of Pinot ever made in Australia, vintage fluctuations aside. We asked producers to send in wines that they were currently selling at their cellar door, so most of the wines were the 2010 vintage with the oldest being 2008. The Panel was presented with 59 wines and, as expected, most of these were from the aforementioned regions: the Yarra Valley, Mornington and Tasmania, as well as Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula.

As expected, Pinots from the cooler climates dominated the tasting. Of the top 20, eight were from the Yarra Valley, five each from Tasmania and the Mornington Peninsula, while Gippsland and Geelong were also represented. Each of these areas showed distinct regional characters. Furthermore, the variance of sub-sites within regions was reflected in the subtle differences between the 2010 vintage of the Yarra, such as the lovely feminine feel of the Helen's Hill, compared with the stalky briar lift of the Yering Station and the leafy herbaceousness of the Punt Road.

2010 Helen's Hill: Loved by the Panel for its subtleness and texture. Ripe, floral and fruit driven with a bright strawberry fruit core on the mid palate, plush and juicy on the back palate. Beautifully balanced with fine tannins and divine smoky oak, superb length and brightness."  Wine Selectors Tasting Panel and Bill Downie – Ranked 2nd out of 59 pinot noirs

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 Allan 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 specializes 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.