Accolades

94/100
Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com Adelaide Hills Report)

“Quite rich aromas of red cherries and berries are swathed in creamy baking spices with a sappy edge and some gently earthy notes. The palate is very smoothly built on layers of fine, long tannin and delivers a convincingly concentrated impression. Smooth, plush and packed with fresh red-cherry flavor. Drink or hold. Screw cap.”

Winsor Dobin (Winsor Dobin Wine of the Week)

“Ashton Hills has for a couple of decades now been one of the finest pinot noir producers in Australia and a gradual handing of the winemaking reins from founder Stephen George to Liam van Pelt has happened seamlessly. This was fermented with 30% whole bunches and then basket pressed before spending nine months in one-to-three year-old French oak. It is very stylish indeed; using fruit sourced purely from preferred clones on the Piccadilly estate in the Adelaide Hills. Floral and earthy elements exist in harmony and there is a long, fine tannin structure. Think layers of flavours, soft persistence and immediate smooth drinkability. Mushroom risotto anyone?”

93/100
Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

"I tasted these two wines quite quickly, but liked them straight away, which is always a positive sign. Squishy cherry, mint, rosy perfume, a little spice and rhubarb. Poached strawberry and cherry, juicy but kind of autumnal and mushroom on forest floor stuff – well, you know what I’m getting at, maybe. Tannin is light, fine and powdery. Finish long and savoury. Also, the flavour is not diffuse due to any alcohol warmth, which is lovely to see."

Tony Love (InDaily)

"Sourced from vineyards across the Valley as Ashton Hills’ own blocks are devoted to Pinot Noir and Riesling, there’s blossom and nectarine and sweet-fruited apple juice to begin, immensely expressive in its very early days of release. Similarly, the flavour profile continues that theme, including an extra “squeeze” of grapefruit, then comes the thing that lifts this wine to the next level – a superfine citrus pithy texture through the palate, lingering forever in the mouth. Delish. And there will be much more to see, I expect, as it gathers more mature complexities over the next few years."

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."

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."

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 Top 100 Wines of Australia 2020)

Top 100 Wines of Australia 2020

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.”

95/100
Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

"Impressive pair of Pinot Noir from Ashton Hills in 2019. Dark cherry, intensity, distinct dried rose perfume, spice, cedar wood and pencil. Excellent volume of flavour – cherry and strawberry mainly – and carrying a good pack of tannin. Length. Balance. Even a bit ‘mineral’ thrown in for good measure. Fluid and lovely to drink."

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.”