Tasting notes: The Hill Winery (Vic)

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The Hill Winery range of wines

The Hill Winery range of wines

The Hill Winery Cafe, Waurn Ponds
The Hill Winery
The Hill Winery
The Hill Winery Cafe


The Hill Winery is located south of Geelong at Waurn Ponds on a unique site on the edge of the Great Ocean Road.

In late 2012, Scotchmans Hilll announced the opening of  The Hill Winery, (formerly Pettavel), and now, as well as being a beautiful location for events and functions, it also produces some beautiful wines.

All these wines are from fruit on the estate:


Hill Reserve 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

Pale straw with a green tinge. Ripe tropical fruits of paw paw, guava and passionfruit with citrus notes and a green nettle edge.

Upfront and juicy palate of tropical fruits, nettles with a citrus mid palate and crunchy acid backbone.

Wine making: crushed, de-stemmed and 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$25 bottle


Hill Reserve 2012 Chardonnay

Pale gold with a green tinge. Nectarine and white peach with citrus fruits dominating the bouquet; complimented by creamy overtones, spice and cedar oak. Creamy and nutty oak characters round out the wine, which has a long and lingering back palate.

Wine making:70% of fruit was pressed to barrel for fermentation, with the balance fermented in stainless steel. The wine was aged for 6 months in French oak barriques. No malolactic fermentation.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

RRP: A$25 bottle


Hill Reserve 2011 Pinot Noir

Rich perfumed nose of plum and raspberry fruits; spice and earthy notes supported by a charry oak finish. Medium bodied with excellent mid-palate weight, silky tannins and balanced by firm acidity.

Wine making: crushed and hand plunged in small open top fermenters, then matured in new to 4 year-old French oak barriques for 6 months.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

RRP: A$25 bottle


Hill Reserve 2011 Shiraz

Bouquet displays a complex nose of ripe dark fruits, red berries and plums and a touch of liquorice. This is balanced by spice and well integrated cedar oak. The wine gains overall balance from tight but fine grain tannins and acid.

Wine making: fermented in closed stainless steel fermenters and then matured in new French oak barriques for 15 months.

Alc/vol: 14%

RRP: A$25 bottle


  • Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula (VIC)

August 05th, 2013
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