Ashton Hills Vineyard

Ashton Hills is one of Australian wines great unsung heroes. Established in 1982 and producing just 1500 cases of wine, winemaker Stephen George punches well above his weight in creating some of the most characterful wines in South Australia, including Adelaide Hills finest Pinot Noir. Stephen’s winemaking career began at Skillogalle in the Clare Valley a vineyard his father Spencer planted in 1970. The key to the success of Ashton Hills is immaculate site choice and one of our countries most thoughtful winemakers. In the complex myriad of valleys and hillsides found in the Adelaide Hills, local luminary Brian Croser believes that there is no better site in the region for creating Pinot Noir than that found at Ashton Hills. In winemaking, Stephen George shows a unique perspective that has seen him grow not only Adelaide Hills stalwarts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir but also Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer plus Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Unfortunately the Merlot blend, always a difficult sell although deliciously fragrant, has been discontinued. Ashton Hills Philosophy and Winemaking Winemaker Stephen George takes a very European perspective to his winemaking illustrated by the general restraint seen in all the wines and their unique styles. These are wines very much made in the vineyard showcasing tremendous viticultural attention to detail and a delicate hand in the winery with superbly handled oak always an important part of the Ashton Hills style. Ashton Hills Wine Types The Ashton Hills range includes a Blanc de Blancs and Salmon Brut Sparkling wines. In the whites there is the moreishly aromatic “Three” blend of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Riesling plus an outstanding barrel fermented Chardonnay and crisp, elegant and lifted Riesling. There are also three different Pinot Noirs – the Piccadilly made from both Estate fruit as well as a proportion bought in from neighbours. The Estate and Reserve releases are entirely taken from the Ashton Hills vineyard, which includes some of the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the Adelaide Hills, the Reserve representing the finest parcels of fruit and made in small quantities.