2014 Helen's Hill "Range View Reserve" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria (Previously $25) SKU #1363622

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K&L Notes

Helen’s Hill has quickly become a favorite among our staff and customers for its wide range of appeal for Burgundy and California lovers alike. The cool climate of the Yarra Valley lends great structure and complexity to the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and single-clone bottlings provide distinct, site-specific characteristics.

Staff Reviews

  • Cameron Price
    By: Cameron Price
    12/11/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    If someone asked for a Burgundy style Pinot Noir from anywhere but Burgundy, this is what I'd recommend. Coming from the single 'Pommard' clone, the vines are planted atop Helen's Hill overlooking the Yarra Valley taking in all the necessary sunlight for ripeness. For Pinot Noir that means not too much sunlight, as these vines are on a the east side of the hill shaded from the harshness of the afternoon sun but do see a fare amount of weather making these the ultimate hardy vines comparable to those in Burgundy. At $25 this wine is outstanding. Big, earthy fruit and solid herbaceousness and soothing freshness composes a stand out in the 'New World' Pinot game.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    7/10/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose is full of stems and earth that gradually opens and shows a bit of brambly fruit. This isn't your classic, fruit forward New World Pinot this wine shows some real character and terroir. Elegant and lower alcohol (only 12.8%) but a more powerful expression than Helen's Hills First Light Pinot. This wine shows a more prominent palate presence and feels bigger than it is. I'd try this with some Beef Stroganoff.
    Drink from 2018 to 2022
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    7/10/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Planted exclusively to the Pommard clone, the “Range View” vineyard sits near the top of Helen’s Hill. This clone gives deep, concentrated, powerful structure and flavors with plum and cherry dominating the fruit side and earthy notes complementing. This wine shows a little more meaty and powerful than “First Light”, with deeper structure and duskier tannin; however, this wine still displays an incredible amount of elegance and lift.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    7/10/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Few and far between are the opportunities to try commercially available, single clone Pinot Noirs, from anywhere. That said, the chance to do so from a top producer and at well under $30 is something you should not pass up. This is the Pommard clone, higher elevation vineyard site, and it is beautifully structured, with savory darker fruit tones and balanced barrel notes that are very well integrated. Dry finishing, 12.8% ABV, super impressive!

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