Aston Hills Vineyard was originally established by Stephen George in 1982, in the Piccadilly Valley sub-region of the Adelaide Hills. Over the years, Ashton Hills has developed a reputation as one of Australia’s finest proponents of Pinot Noir. Stephen’s work led him to be one of the key players to put the Adelaide Hills on the wine map, especially with his resolve to produce the best Pinot Noir in Australia. With a desire for Ashton Hills Wines to produce Pinot Noir, Stephen sought the coolest climates he could find in South Australia. Stephen believed that if you could grow apples and cherries then it was a pointer that you could grow classic European styled wines, thus land was acquired from market gardeners and Ashton Hills Vineyard was created. Originally Ashton Hills Wines produced Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling, but in recent years all grapes except a few rows of Riesling where removed. For over 30 years the Ashton Hills vineyards planted up to 30 clones of pinot noir before settling on the five key clones that are now used to make the Ashton Hills Reserve and Ashton Hills Estate Pinot Noirs.
Recently the Ashton Hills vineyard was acquired by Wirra Wirra Vineyards with Stephen moving into semi-retirement and working with the new winemaking team during vintage.
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Another quality wine from one of our favourite Pinot Noir producers. The newly released 2013 is another great wine from Stephen George. Tyson Stelzer – 95Pts “An effortless pinot noir, capturing the fruit intensity and complexity of a warm and very dry season, while presenting…$49.99
Quite simply one of the finest examples of Australian Pinot Noir we have come across. The dry grown grapes lay within the Piccadilly Valley region of the Adelaide Hills below the top of Mount Lofty. Resulting in the perfect cool climate environment for Pinot Noir to thrive. Add to this the mastery of Adelaide Hills pioneering head winemaker Stephen George and we are left with what legendary Australian wine writer James Halliday refers to as “the one Grand Cru of the state”.$35.00
Ashton Hills Reserve 2014 Grape – Pinot Noir Region – Piccadilly Valley, Adelaide Hills, South Australia Colour – Mid ruby Nose – “Smoky, oaky, stemmy whole-bunchy, superbly complex bouquet. Layered dark fruits and sappy nuances” Huon Hooke Palate – ” The palate is deep, rich…$89.99
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Tasting flight of the full range of Ashton Hills Pinot Noir from the 2016 release:
1 x 2016 Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir
1 x 2016 Estate Pinot Noir
1 x 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir
“Ashton Hills is the most distinguished site in South Australia for Pinot Noir; Stephen George’s unremitting attention to detail has made Ashton Hills the one Grand Cru of the state.” – James Halliday$170.00
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