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!