Last time I wrote about a wine from Ashton Hills I was talking about their chardonnay. Today I want to tell you a little bit more about their winery and their Pinot Noir. I mentioned how much I enjoyed my first visit to Ashton Hills in my last post, but I forgot to mention how pretty the winery is and the fantastic artwork Stephen has displayed at the cellar door (and just outside in the case of the image above). Perched on the side of a hill you arrive to sweeping views of the valley and vines. The cellar door is small and cosy. We arrived just as the previous tasters were wrapping up so we didn't have to wait too long and had the place to ourselves. It's always fun when that happens because you really get to find out a little bit more about the wines, and the winemaker.
Anyway on to the Pinot Noir. Actually there are 3 - the Estate, the Piccadilly and the Reserve. All equally wonderful and deserving of their own reviews. Today I'm going to talk about the Estate. Beautiful red purple colour. Fragrant with red fruit and some spice - but not overwhelming - much more subtle and elegant. The flavours mirror this with some delicate spice, hints of red berries, and a soft subtle finish that leaves you wanting more. The wines from this maker are extraordinary. Elegant. Refined. And absolutely delicious!!!! Feel free to stop by my house with a bottle any time :-)