Accolades

Winsor Dobbin (Winsor's Choice)

"From one of the standout producers in the Adelaide Hills comes a stellar new-release estate pinot that is drinking beautifully in its youth but will also cellar well over the next few years. Founding winemaker Stephen George has now handed over the reins to talented Liam van Pelt but keeps a beady eye on proceedings and the quality of the pinots remains stellar. This has undergone partial whole-bunch fermentation to add texture, and the newish French oak plays a key support role to some vibrant berry fruit and black cherry characters. You should pair this with roast Chinese duck for maximum enjoyment. "Yum" and "Perfect for summer" were the reactions of a couple of my tasters."

95/100
Tony Love (2022 Halliday Wine Companion)

“This Estate pinot comes from 5 clones, each vinified separately. 30% whole bunches in each wild ferment, matured on lees in old and new French barriques. Aromatics and flavour profile run the full pinot fruit gamut of cherry and red plum. That’s offset with a subtle bitters note on a palate that hums with an energetic acidity and even tannin length. Delicious.”

97/100
Tony Love (2022 Halliday Wine Companion)

“This is straight-out-of-the-blocks pure and delicious chardonnay, with just the right amount of all the elements fitting exactly together: exact ripeness in the white stone-fruit flavours, citrus acidity, oak-encouraged creaminess and finishing pithy texture. Purity, refreshment, A-list.”

92/100
Aaron Brasher (The Real Review)

"Aromas of white lillies, nectarine, wet stone and a little lick of nutty oak. The flavours are fine and focused, lemony, pithy, quite tightly-bound and focused. There's a cool, lemony tightness and brightness to the wine. An elegant wine with purpose and poise."

92/100
Nick Stock, (JamesSuckling.com)

"Bright lime and white stone-fruit aromas abound here with a gently chalky edge. The savory influences are super subtle. The palate delivers smooth lemon-curd and pear-pastry flavors in a fresh and restrained mode. Drink or hold."

94/100
David Sly (Decanter)

"Vivacious with strong, deliberate variants in cherry flavour and texture – a lively, bossy string quartet in full flight. Acidity drives the back palate to a shrill, high final note that persists. Quite an opus for an immediately approachable and likeable wine."

94/100
Tony Love (2022 Halliday Wine Companion)

“Created from estate fruit trickled down from higher-end wines, as well as from a few Valley neighbours. Woody forest notes weave their aromatic feel through the black cherry fruits, a decent portion (40%) of whole bunches showing its stemmy impact. Bright and breezy, with the house style’s even tannins.”

92/100
Gary Walsh (The Winefront)

"2020 was Liam Van Pelt’s second vintage at the controls at Ashton Hills. I think he did an excellent job with the 2019 vintage. The wines, for me at least, seemed finer and more lucid. Anyway, this gets an extra 10% whole bunch, up from the usual 30% due to lovely lignification of the stems. Apparently Piccadilly was spared from smoke taint issues this vintage. I often think Adelaide Hills Pinot is bought mainly by people who live in South Australia, though for sure, the wines seem to be getting better of late. Strawberry and blackberry, plenty of spice, smoky wet leaves, or something of that ilk. It’s light and fresh, juicy and sappy strawberry, good crunch and freshness, rhubarb and more spice, fine emery tannin, and a savoury finish of good length. Lots of interest and drinking appeal. I’d say it’s at its best now, and over the next couple of years."

92/100
Stuart Knox (The Real Review)

"Light to medium ruby-red core, with a brick-red tint to the rim. Red cherry, bay leaf and crumbly clay aromas. Medium-weight but lashings of red cherry intensity. That settles into a savoury dry herb and charred meat complexity. Flows long and silky into a tannin driven dry finish."

93/100
Nick Stock, (JamesSuckling.com)

"A fresh, fragrant pinot with such alluring perfume and bright strawberries and red cherries on offer. Bright and fine on the palate with zesty pink and red-berry flavors that really pop. This is an ethereal wine and shows a definite step in the direction of elegance at Ashton Hills. Great value, too. Drink now."

92/100
Nick Stock, (JamesSuckling.com)

"A fresh, traditional-method sparkling that hails from an excellent vintage in the Hills region, this has aromas of light strawberry and pastry with fresh citrus and apple, too. The palate has such smooth, dry and supple style with flavors of watermelon and red apples, as well as pink berries. Gently creamy finish. Drink now."

98/100
Tony Love (2022 Halliday Wine Companion)

“As with the Reserve releases we’ve witnessed over many years, this has a latent power, deep down in the aromatic wells. Say it again – deep down. The fruit has a darker cherry expression, the fragrance in the nose rising gently, savoury forest like elements in the palate well entwined. The weight is ethereal and exhibits a class, medium-bodied line and length, all of it lingering around the top and sides of your mouth for eons. So special, even tasted in its early stages of a long life.”

96/100
Tyson Stelzer (WBM)

“A beguiling and ethereal Pinot Noir that unites the exotic spice and floral fragrance of whole bunch fermentation with the luscious red berry and wild strawberry depth of the Adelaide Hills. Nuances of pepper and rose hip add excitement and class. Silky, fine-grained tannins and lively acidity drive a finish of excellent persistence. Classy, enticing and enthralling. One of the greats from this fabled vineyard.”

95/100
Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

"Medium to light red colour with a faint purple tint on the rim. The bouquet is restrained and spicy with dried underbrush, mushroom and umami notes, plenty of savoury touches on a palate, which fades a little but there is a tannin kick that draws it out a little longer. There is structure here to cope with protein-rich foods. A very good food wine."

94/100
Tony Love (2022 Halliday Wine Companion)

"This grower's block sits lower in the Piccadilly Valley, and has a warmer aspect than the estate vineyard, and yes the wine has more richness, more plushness of fruits, the herb and spice elements are more kitchen than forest – think anise-like flavours. Beautifully rounded and sculpted, a familiar house-crafted, gently tannin-coated exit completes the deal."

95/100
James Halliday (2021 Wine Companion)

"One of the very best Australian sparkling reds, the base wine ex Wendouree. Rich, deep and supple, poached plum fruit plus a touch of spice. Will flourish with time in bottle."

93/100
Tyson Stelzer (WBM Magazine)

"The deeply distinguished complexity of Wendouree’s legendary 1919 Shiraz vines builds a sparkling Shiraz of unique character. Four years in large, old format oak makes for a particularly savoury style, layered with game and charcuterie. As always for this site, the structure is a marvel, with ultra-fine tannins and chalk minerality of its ancient Clare limestone terroir marking out a fine grained focus.”

96/100
Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com Adelaide Hills Report)

“This has pristine aromas of red flowers, red cherries, pomegranate, orange zest and a thrillingly fresh overall impression that is driven by beautifully ripe pinot fruit. The palate is so succulent and smooth-honed with finely layered tannins delivering succulent, long and juicy impact on the finish. Impressive poise here. This is nicely tuned. Drink or hold. Screw cap.”