Forest Hill Vineyard (Western Australia)
Western Australia has nine wine regions and represents just 3% of the total Australian grape harvest but accounts for 20% of Australia's fine wines. Last year we were delighted to ship wines from the Forest Hill Vineyard located in Mount Barker, within the Great Southern region. Owned and run by the Lyons family since 1996, the estate now extends over 95 hectares and is an accredited James Halliday 'Five Star' winery.
The region receives relatively plentiful rainfall (in Australian terms), has a strong maritime influence, and its general climate during harvest time is similar to that of Burgundy. The area also enjoys cool night temperatures which are essential to give the grapes some respite from the daytime heat, minimize stress, and impart elegance and finesse.
The Forest Hill Vineyard Chardonnay is dry-grown on gravel-loam soils and harvested in the early morning to prevent oxidation. It is fermented and matured in French oak barrels for eight months before bottling. The finished wine has white nectarine and citrus aromas and a pure stone fruit palate with a lovely nervy tension and elegant, dry finish.
Their Shiraz shows the grape in a very pure light and is the antithesis of blockbusters from Barossa. Carefully-crafted to reflect the region's outstanding potential, this medium-bodied, violet and blackberryscented offering has a stewed black fruit palate with subtle spicy undertones, and is enhanced by delicate toasty vanilla and perfumed Burgundian oak flavours.
The Cabernet Sauvignon is plumper and more fruit-forward with classic cassis and liquorice aromas and flavours to the fore, ripe tannins and a rich, elegant finish. It will cellar well for 3-5 years.