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Alex McIntosh
20 December 2019 | Alex McIntosh

Seeing Red

Time Posted: 20/12/2019 at 10:09 AM
Alex McIntosh
29 November 2019 | Alex McIntosh

Wine myths debunked

Wine lovers take many forms and with the rise of a new generation of wine drinkers, we thought it might be worthwhile to debunk a few common wine myths for those wishing to expand their knowledge in our area of specialty – wine.

Wine myth: Red wine should be served at room temperature

Depending on the weather or where you are, room temperature may not be the optimal temperature to enjoy all your bottle of red has to offer. Wine served too cold or too hot may limit the flavours and overall tasting experience of that drop. The ideal temperature for red wine is between 15-18°C. So if it’s a hot day and you’re really craving a red, don’t be scared to pop a bottle in the fridge to bring it down to that optimal temperature for drinking.

Wine myth: The older the wine, the better the wine

Not necessarily. This really depends on the wine, the varietal and how it was made. Some wines benefit from the ageing process while others are at their best in their youth. Traditionally, a red wine tastes better as it matures, whereas a white wine, or even a rosé, tastes better when cracked straight away. If you’re unsure of when the best time to drink your wine is, have a chat to who you’re buying it off to get an idea of when you’re going to get the best experience from your bottle. And if it’s a bottle you’re choosing save, it’s also worthwhile to ask about the best way to store it!

Wine myth: Decanting wine enhances the flavour

It does. But not all wine needs to be decanted. Decanting wine involves pouring a bottle of wine into another vessel, typically a decanter. This process allows the sediment in the bottle to be separated from the wine, it also helps to aerate the wine. As the wine is poured into a decanter (or any vessel for that matter) it takes in oxygen which can help open up certain fragrances and flavours. Opening these elements up helps to truly showcase the wine and therefore enhance your wine drinking experience.

Wine myth: The glassware you’re drinking your wine out of impacts the taste

Similar to decanting, what you choose to drink your wine out of has an impact on the flavour and profile of the wine. The shape of the glass helps release certain smells and flavours. So if you’re wondering whether you should drink your favourite bottle of red or white out of different glasses, the short answer is probably yes. Both styles of wine have different elements that need to be showcased and treated differently when drinking. Just like temperature has an influence, so does glassware.

All this debunking has probably made you thirsty. Our online Bottleshop has the perfect cure for that. Shop our range online, or better yet, come visit us at our Cellar Door and see if you agree with our opinions on the myths mentioned above.

Got any other myths you want us to debunk? Send us an email and we’d be more than happy to get back to you and clear anything up. After all, wine is meant to be enjoyed, and we’re here to make sure of that.

Time Posted: 29/11/2019 at 5:24 PM
Alex McIntosh
1 November 2019 | Alex McIntosh

What's trending in wine this season?


With spring in full swing and summer fast approaching, we’re well and truly amongst the perfect season to be enjoying a fresh, crisp drop of wine.

Whether your entertaining with friends, or simply looking for the right bottle of wine to pair with dinner on a balmy night, there’s no denying that Australian wine trends are evolving, and we’re seeing more of a demand for fresher and fruitier styles, especially as the weather heats up.

Australian winemaking is adapting, and we’re seeing a move to catering more towards to our Australian lifestyle, in particular, our culture to enjoy the outdoors. Demands from a new generation of wine drinkers means we’re also seeing a rise in pale-dry Provence style rosés.

Asian and seafood dishes are a popular preference for us Aussies, and lighter, fresher and crunchier wines pair perfectly with them. 

“We eat tonnes of seafood and Asian cuisine in Australia and spend most of our time outdoors, and until recently have been drinking wines that don’t represent that lifestyle, but we’ve reached a tipping point and are starting to see wines being made that reflect our outdoor behaviour” says wine writer, Mike Bennie.

With the days now getting longer and the weather increasingly warmer, this season’s favourite varieties are best served chilled.

We’ve taken the time to create a list of some of our top drops to be enjoyed however you choose to soak in the warmth this year.

Helen’s Hill 2019 Lana’s Rosé

A quality wine with great versatility for all occasions. This Cabernet Rosé’s standout feature is its ability to provide ample fruit flavours of strawberries and light cherries, whilst still maintaining a crisp, dry finish that doesn’t linger on the palate.

En Vie Blanc de Noir

However you choose to say it, this is sparkling wine that invites a celebration; relaxed, spirited, simple, complex – wherever the mood or occasion takes you.

Ingram Road 2018 Pinot Grigio

This wine is punchy and fruit-driven, delivering generous flavours of apple and pear matched with minerality and a distinctly crisp finish. Match with a cheese platter and you’re well on your way to a good time.

Helen’s Hill 2018 Hill Top Syrah

A wine that displays generous dark fruit upfront is finished impeccably with tannin and a hint of pepper and spice.

To celebrate the launch of Spring Carnival, we’ve put together a special Spring Carnival Pack, including some of our top selections of wine to enjoy this season. Our Spring Carnival Pack can be purchased at the very special price of $120 and is available while stocks last. Head to our Bottleshop to pick yourself one up today! 

Time Posted: 01/11/2019 at 4:35 PM
Alex McIntosh
21 October 2019 | Alex McIntosh

Join us for a Pinot Noir Blending Masterclass

In case you missed it, we’re hosting an intimate Pinot Noir Blending Masterclass on Sunday the 10th of November. 

If you’re a fan of our single clone wines, then this is an opportunity not to miss. Held at our Yarra Valley vineyard, this event is an exclusive chance to try our 2019 vintage in an intimate Barrel Hall tasting. 

Join in the fun as owner and Pinot Noir tragic Allan Nalder takes you on a deep dive into the intricacies of Pinot Noir clones, why Pinot grows so well in the region and how our single-vineyard winery creates such unique blends. 

Become the winemaker for the day and create your own perfect pinot blend in a glass from all the individual clones tasted on the day. That’s right; all of Helen’s Hill reserve single clone pinots are included in the tasting.

After your time as winemaker, enjoy a well-deserved paired lunch prepared by Hominy Southern Kitchen. 


Coffee rubbed hickory smoked chicken.

Blistered corn and capsicum salsa.

18 hour slow cooked lamb shoulder.

Olives, cucumber & onion. Salsa borracha.

Roasted cauliflower (Vegan).

Tahini, lemon, pomegranate, mint and chilli.


Wedge salad.

Iceberg lettuce, tomato, bacon, radish, chive and buttermilk dressing.

Sweet potato & burrata salad.

Roasted sweet potato, torn burrata, soft herb dressing.


Vanilla panna cotta, sweet tea jelly, strawberries


Get in quick because we’re not lying when we say this is an intimate event. Seats are limited! 

Tickets are $85 and can be purchased via the following link: 

Time Posted: 21/10/2019 at 11:03 AM
Alex McIntosh
2 April 2019 | Alex McIntosh

2019 Vintage

Helen's Hill Vintage Report 2019

I think that this has been said by a lot of people – 2019 what a vintage! The Yarra Valley has done it again!

The growing season started with a little wetter than normal spring, it then warmed up with some lovely consistent weather that produced a great fruit set and healthy cropping levels.

The ripening season came upon us with a vigour that’s above average! We had some warmer than normal temperatures that saw the fruit develop beautiful flavours and intensity.  Another year of little to no disease in the vineyard has created a very strong and healthy crop which has survived the higher temperatures of the ripening season.

This was a standout year for our Breachley Block Chardonnay and our Hilltop Syrah. Both displayed excellent flavours during veraison and are definitely ones that are going to develop into something truly special!

Pinot as a whole was a great year but this year’s single clone Pinots are looking spectacular and definitely the ones to watch! These wines are just getting better every year and are an amazing expression of the Pinot Noir variety. We are particularly looking forward to seeing how our 'Smuggler' Reserve Pinot develops with some time in oak, as it was the highlight of the years Pinot's coming out of the press. 

The dark horse for the year is our Merlot! This is a highly underrated wine displaying beautiful blackcurrant flavours with a little hint of spice with smooth tannins!

As we wrap up Vintage ’19 here at Helen’s Hill, we would like to say a big thanks to the winemakers and our wonderful vineyard staff for working the long hours so we can have great wines to drink!

Time Posted: 02/04/2019 at 2:50 PM