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About This Wine
As with all Helen’s Hill wines, the team are simply trying to capture the vineyard in the bottle. Less is more. The site where the small planting of Shiraz is located is the key. Set pretty much on the ridge line of their biggest hill (hence the name Hill Top Syrah), the vines are exposed to the full brunt of northerly winds and all day sun. So although the estate is cool climate, the site is very much the warmest on the vineyard and allows slightly more ripeness in the fruit than would otherwise be achievable in the Yarra Valley. Having said that, Helen’s Hill do try and pick the fruit early to capture the unique distinction between hot verses cool climate Syrah.
Yarra Valley Wine
The Yarra Valley wine region is the most important area of wine production in Victoria today, and with its proximity to Melbourne, also the most visited in the state.
Yarra Valley is split into the Upper Yarra and the valley floor. The Upper Yarra is cooler in climate due to its elevation and coupled with younger, fertile, red soils produces most of the region’s notable varietals: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The valley floor is warmer and has predominantly grey soils with pockets of granite and limestone.
Pinot noir has long been considered a notoriously difficult variety to grow. However, the cool climate and longer growing seasons of the Yarra Valley allow the fruit to develop full flavoured and ripe character.
Chardonnay in the past has long been associated with a deep oily, buttery style that experiences full malolactic fermentation and great amounts of oak. This style has since fallen out of favour and wine makers in the Yarra Valley have capitalized on this trend to produce leaner, acid driven Chardonnays that are closer in style to those from Burgundy.