Forest Hill Vineyard (Western Australia)
Located in Mount Barker in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, Forest Hill Vineyard extends over 95 hectares that are 'dry grown' without irrigation in relatively cool climatic conditions. Wine-maker Guy Lyons' focus is on single grapes that are cultivated and vinified to express lots of varietal character without heavy oak influence.
The Forest Hill Chardonnay is 'whole bunch' pressed and fermented with natural yeasts and raised in barrels of varying sizes and ages before assiduous blending and bottling. The finished wine has a bright straw colour, nectarine and toasted nut aromas and a white stone fruit palate offset by a fresh acidity. New to this list is a terrific Riesling that has a bouquet of lime zest and apple blossom preceding a racy citrus fruit palate underscored by nervy mineral notes. Guy's purple-hued Shiraz has blueberry and damson scents and a mid-weight palate of dark, briary fruit supported by a framework of supple tannins. It drinks well from release but can support 3-5 years bottle age. Completing the range is a cracking Cabernet Sauvignon with a wealth of blackcurrant and wild herb scents and flavours with subtle spicy notes and fine-grained tannins. All four wines are bottled under screw-cap to conserve their bright fruit flavours and eliminate the prospect of cork taint.