Western Australia Wines

Forest Hill Vineyard (Western Australia)

Western Australia is a vast land mass extending to more than 2.6 million square kilometres yet it accounts for just 2% of Australia's grape harvest in volume terms. Paradoxically, it benefits from cooling oceanic influences and encompasses some 20% of Australia's fine wines.

Located in Mount Barker in the Great Southern region (some 360 kilometres south-east of Perth), Forest Hill vineyard was first planted in 1965 and was bought by the Lyons family in 1996. Today, it has 95 hectares of vineyard that are dry grown (i.e. without irrigation), which is possible because of its maritime climate with good rainfall and cool nights along with gravel and loam soils that have underlying moisture-retaining clay. The emphasis here is on single varietals with great purity of fruit and strong varietal character. The winemaker Guy Lyons is a master of restraint who produces wines that are approachable from release but have good medium-term ageing potential.

Guy's 'Estate' Chardonnay is harvested at cool temperatures in the early morning to retain freshness and it undergoes partial whole-bunch crushing before maturation for 8 months in French oak barrels before bottling. With a pale straw colour, nectarine and wildflower aromas and a nervy, stone-fruit palate with an elegant dry finish, it makes an uplifting aperitif or partner to seafood. Equally meritorious is a Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from three different parcels of vines - the fruit of which is destemmed prior to pressing. The wine is then fined and raised in barrel for a minimum of 18 months before bottling. With a bouquet of black forest fruit and hints of menthol, it boasts a ripe plummy palate with enough tannic structure to support 3 to 5+ years bottle age. Also noteworthy is a dense, dark Shiraz that has briary scents and seductive flavours of autumnal fruit with peppery undertones. It makes a fine partner to small game and wild mushroom dishes.

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  1. Forest Hill Vineyard: 'Estate' Shiraz 2019
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    £18.95
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    £227.40
  2. Forest Hill Vineyard: 'Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
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    £18.95
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    £227.40
  3. Forest Hill Vineyard: 'Estate' Chardonnay 2019
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    £18.95
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