2019 Reserve Pinot Noir

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Pinot Noir
Piccadilly Valley
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2019 - 2028

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The Reserve Pinot Noir is sourced purely from our five preferred clones on the estate. The fruit is de-stemmed via a small, customised, gentle de-stemmer that keeps as many whole berries as possible. Some whole bunches are included, the percentage varying according to the style of the vintage. After fermentation, the fruit is basket pressed direct to a combination of old and new French oak barriques. The wine is made without any additions until bottling.


Aromas of black cherry and plum are entwined with lovely savoury, autumnal notes. The darker fruits are accentuated by the subtle use of French oak which results in a powerfully fragrant nose.


The concentrated palate features juicy dark fruits, and brooding earthy notes. The charry French oak sits quietly in the background and layers of fine tannin provide a supple and long finish.

Winemaking Notes

All five of the clones available on our estate feature in this wine, with D5V12 heading the list at 60%, followed in decreasing order by our two Martini clones, 777 and MV6. Grapes were handpicked, keeping individual clones separate in small open fermenters. Some whole bunch fruit (30%) was added to ferments,
enhancing aromatics and structural complexity. Fermentation was initiated by indigenous yeast (wild ferment). Each clonal parcel was basket pressed and filled to a combination of new (33%) and seasoned French oak barriques with full solids. All barrels were kept on lees to build palate, body and complexity. They were racked and blended just prior to bottling.

Growing Conditions

Cold conditions at flowering resulted in low grape yields in the Adelaide Hills and throughout South Australia in 2019. However, the high altitude of the Piccadilly Valley ensures late flowering and the spring of 2018 provided a warm window late in the season bringing average yields to the sub-region. Quality was excellent owing to dry conditions which meant there were no disease or pest issues and all batches of pinot noir showed strong colour, concentration and flavour.

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Top 100 Wines of Australia 2020

Nick Stock
JamesSuckling.com Top 100 Wines of Australia 2020 - Professional


“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.”

Nick Stock
JamesSuckling.com Adelaide Hills Report - Professional


"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."

Gary Walsh
The Wine Front - Professional


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