Hillcrest Vineyards Premium Chardonnay
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Excluding GST: S$111.50
Hillcrest Vineyard is a micro-boutique maker of individual, classically styled wines. Drawing on their small 41 year-old vineyard in Victoria's famous Yarra Valley wine region, owners David and Tanya have spent the best part of this decade working with one of Australia's most highly regarded winemakers, Phillip Jones of Bass Phillip.
Consistent with the principles which Phillip himself follows, the vineyard is farmed on largely organic principles, with herbicides and pesticides, together with all other systemic spraying, eliminated. Tiny (some would argue, uneconomic) yields of between 700kg-800kg per acre produce intensely flavoured fruit which provides a clear expression of its terroir and the vintage.
In the winery classic techniques prevail. Use of wild yeasts and genuinely unhurried, minimal intervention winemaking maximise the potential of the wines. The resulting quality is stunning and the wines are unique with personality, structure, texture and complexity.
This year, there’s a Reserve, a Premium and a Village Chardonnay release from Hillcrest. Melon, lemon, Tiny Teddies, almond meal, pear and fine spicy oak – there’s a little white flower perfume too. The question though, is how do they pack so much intensity and flavour into a wine at such a low alcohol? It’s Leeuwin-esque in its power and delivery, without the alcohol and heaviness. Clean, glossy and direct, shot though with sparkling clean acidity – a seamless wine with a gentle slippery texture and so little guile. Does not rely on artifice and winemaker tricks – just great fruit and good oak. Superb length... - Gary Walsh, Winefront (2010 vintage)
Gary Walsh, Winefront: 95/100 (2011 vintage)
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