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Scotchmans Hill winery - range of wines

Scotchmans Hill winery - range of wines

Scotchmans Hill, Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria
Scotchman's Hill Estate on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria
Scotchmans Hill on the Bellarine Peninsula

 

Established  in 1992, family-owned Scotchmans Hill is located on the Bellarine Peninsula, south of Melbourne.

Using a mix of modern and traditional wine-making methods, Scotchmans Hill takes fruit not just from the Bellarine but also from key regions around Australia and New Zealand to craft wines of quality and authenticity.

The following wines are all from the Bellarine Peninsula:

Scotchmans Hill 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

Pale straw with a green tinge. Lifted tropical aromas of paw paw, guava & passionfruit dominate the nose with green notes & citrus characters. Fresh, tight & juicy. Upfront tropical fruits dominate the palate with a citrus and mineral mid palate and green back palate.

Wine making: crushed, de-stemmed & pressed into stainless steel tank. Fermented at 13°C for 14 days. Lees contact post ferment for 2 months. No oak contact.

Alc/vol: 13%

RRP: A$27 bottle

 

Scotchmans Hill 2012 Chardonnay

An intense and complex nose displaying stone fruit, melon and fig fruits with cashew nuts and creamy barrel ferment characters, balanced by a spicy oak background. Tight and juicy yet refined with nectarine, melon and citrus fruits.

The wine has a mineral back bone with mealy notes, spice, nutty and creamy oak flavours with a long and lingering back palate.

Wine making: sourced from premium mature vineyards on the Bellarine Peninsula. Crushed and pressed to tank. Racked, inoculated, and run to barrel. Fermented at 16° to 18° for 10 days. Matured in new to 4 year old French barriques for 12 months. Regular lees stirring. Racked from barrel and bottled in April 2013.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

RRP: A$35 bottle

 

Scotchmans Hill 2011 Pinot Noir

Lifted and perfumed nose displaying violet notes and plum fruits. Complemented by beetroot, spice and earthy characters with cedar oak in the background.

Full complex and rich palate with fresh raspberry and dark fruit flavours and spice notes. There is a touch of sappiness and earthy tones throughout the mid palate, which is rounded out by cedar oak.

Wine making: sourced from mature vineyards on the Bellarine Peninsula. Hand-picked, de-stemmed to small fermenters and cold soaked for 5 days. Wild ferment in small batches for 7 days at 28°C. Pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation. Matured in new to 4 year old French (Troncais) oak barriques for 12 months.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

RRP: A$39 bottle

 

Scotchmans Hill 2011 Shiraz

Displays a rich & complex nose with typical cool climate characters of dark fruits, plums and black cherries. Complemented by white pepper, earth and liquorice aromas with a charry oak background. The wine is supported by firm acid and fine grained tannins which give it length, balance and structure.

Wine making: sourced from mature vineyards on the Bellarine Peninsula. Handpicked, destemmed to small fermenters & cold soaked for 5 days. Wild ferment in small batches for 7 days at 28°C. Pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation. Matured in new to 4 year old French (Troncais) oak barriques for 15 months.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

RRP: A$39 bottle

Regions

  • Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula (VIC)

September 03rd, 2013
 
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