Established in 1982, Ashton Hills is an icon vineyard that all wine lovers must know. Dry grown in the Piccadilly Valley and lovingly cared for. His Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sparkling Wines are all unmissable.
Ashton Hills is home to only 1,200 Riesling vines but surely they are all handpicked for their ability to grown magnificent grapes. Pulpy, pure and fresh. Grapey, limes, green apple and white flowers all blossom in the glass. On the palate it is a wonderful interplay of fleshly fruits and stones, malic acid and lees notes. This is a wine that makes you happy to be drinking it. I would put this with sweet and sour pork or crayfish tails. I’m not sure about aging, its pretty tasty right this second.
This is a big and varied region that basically stretches from the top of the McLaren Vale all the way to the bottom of the Barossa. This means there is a big scope for climatic conditions. In the central part where its altitude is quite high you can get some of the best sites in the world for Sparkling wine. In the slightly warmer parts of the centre, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme with Riesling, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc worthy of honourable mentions.
One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety for quality wine production although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Wonderful wines are found in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. It is a wonderful grape. See more about Riesling here.