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Hahndorf Hill Winery

Pains Rd, Hahndorf, 5245

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (08) 8388 7512


Hahndorf Hill Winery
Hahndorf Hill Winery has Germanic/Austrian varieties such as Lemberger, Trollinger, Gruner Veltliner and Blaufraukirsch. The adjacent town of Hahndorf has long been a centre for South Australia's German settlers and continues this heritage.
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Hahndorf Hill Winery is owned and operated by Larry Jacobs and Marc Dobson. Larry is the former founder/ owner of Mulderbosch Vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Marc and Larry immigrated to Australia in 1997 and in 2002 purchased Hahndorf Hill Winery. The winery and associated restaurant is scenically located on a hill only a couple of kilometres outside of the historic 1840s Germanic Hahndorf village and is just up the road from home and studio of one of South Australia’s most famous artists, the late Sir Hans Heysen.

The six hectare property is devoted to Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, plus two unique-for-Australia red varieties that are popular in southern Germany and Austria - Trollinger and Lemberger (in a Rose).  These two varieties were planted by former owners of the vineyards. 

The Shiraz is situated on a gentle, well-drained western slope, with mixed gravelly/ loamy soils, whilst the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc enjoy the north-facing more level areas. They also have Pinot Grigio with the Austrian varieties, Gruner Veltliner and Blaufraukirsch the most recent addition to the portfolio. They are distrubuting the Gruner Veltliner clones to other Adelaide Hills wineries to give the region a distinctive variety not used elsewhere in Australasia.

Hahndorf Hill Winery is a founder-member of the Adelaide Hills Environmental Management System project that aims to ensure that all farming practices are carried out in an environmentally sustainable manner.

The boutique wines were made by Geoff Weaver but Larry Jacobs has taken over.

The winery features a very popular restaurant on the weekends.

Hahndorf Town
Hahndorf Town lies only a couple of km away
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Hahndorf Hill  Green Angel Late Harvest Gruner Veltliner  2016

Purchased: European, Cloudwine ($23)

Drink: 2028+

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2018,  Gold Medal at Australian Alternative Varieties Show 2017, yellow gold colour, fairly intense orange marmalade, lime zest and poached pear with well balanced acidity and good precision compared to Australian botryo\is stickies and other rare attempts at the late harvest style  (*****) 

Hahndorf Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2018, persistent and delicate tropical fruit, lime peel and white peach with a touch of gauva, acidity is not as bracing as typical for the variety, briny phneolic finish (****1/2)

Hahndorf Hill Pinot Grigio 2017

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: Not

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2018, vibrant green apple, melon and pear with touch of crushed herb, firm spine of lemon acidity with slightly briny phenolics, excellent line and length (****1/2)

Hahndorf Hill Rose 2017

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2018, Silver Medal at Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2017,  this time the mix is Trollinger, Blaufrankirsch and Pinot Noir, the colour is quite pale and watermelon-like, light and dry showing red cherry and strawberry with a touch of quince, crisp finish (****1/2)

Hahndorf Hill Blueblood Blaufrankirsch 2018

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2028

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2018, rich blueberry and black cherry with herbal and anise notes, medium-full bodied and cedar/cinnamon oak that adds some caramel, tannins and fine and powdery,  slight reductive burnt rubber on the nose (****)

Hahndorf Hill GRU Gruner Veltliner 2016

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2018 or 2026 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, Gold Medal at Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2016, with vine age now starting to show structure of age-worthy Gruner, green apple, nectarine and pear with white pepper and parsnip, good intensity and texture, persistent chalky phenolics, vibrant grapefruit acidity and a wet slate finish (****1/2)

Hahndorf Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, Silver Medal at Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2016, fragrant and ripe lychee, melon and gauva with a touch of grassiness and white flowers, limey mid-palate, good persistence with some briny phenolics adding interest to the finish (****)

Hahndorf Hill Late Harvest Gruner Veltliner 2016

Purchased: Not ($33)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, debut release and the first Australian release of a late harvest Gruner style that I have heard of, will only come out when conditions are right, 238 gm/l residual sugar so no doubting the sweetness, spicy lime marmalade, lemon sherbet and poached pear with white pepper notes, intense acid to balance the sugar, good persistence (****)

Hahndorf Hill Blueblood Blaufrankisch 2015

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, the major red variety from Burgenland in Austria, spicy and juicy sour cherry and blueberry with some plumcake aspects, plump and a touch forward (normal varietal character), toasty cinnamon oak with powdery tannins (****)

Hahndorf Hill Single Vineyard Shiraz 2014

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2026

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, perfumed and supple red fruits and plum with a touch of eucalypt and white pepper, medium bodied, well balanced with seasoned and restrained toasty oak and fine tannins (***1/2)

Hahndorf Hill Gruner Veltliner 2012

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: May 2013, fuller bodied than the 2011 but delicately flavoured apple. pear and melon with a touch of white pepper, white flowers and parsnip, some chalky phenolics on the wet slate finish and crisp lemon acidity (****)

Hahndorf Hill Gruner Veltliner 2011

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($32)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2013, crisp and delicate pear and apple with a touch of white pepper, white flowers and parsnip, fine chalky phenolics and crunchy lemon acidity, in these early days for gruner in the Adelaide Hills (this is the second vintage from vines planted in 2006) it lacks the drive of the best Austrian examples but will be interesting to see it develop as the vines mature (****)

Hahndorf Hill Winery Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2009, stylish and focussed cool climate style showing black cherry, blackberry and redcurrant flavours, spicy and medium-full bodied, attractive powdery textured backbone with persistent but finely structured savoury tannins, discrete cedar-vanilla oak (****)

Hahndorf Hill Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2009, good grassy and tangy regional expression showing passionfruit, tropical fruit and that distinctive Adelaide Hills blackcurrant twang, not super-intense but the fruit builds along the palate to the spicy capsicum and zesty citrus finish (****)

Hahndorf Hill Winery Trollinger Lemberger Rose 2008

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2009, unique blend from Lemberger and Trollinger (German varieties), dry, subtle lemon, green apple cider, strawberry and quince notes, gentle minerality with savoury nuances, better length than the 2006 vintage (****)

Hahndorf Hill Winery Pinot Grigio 2008

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2009, quite brightly fruited showing spicy pear, green apple, musk with some tropical fruit aspects, not at all over-extractive, well balanced acidity with a crisp and a minerally finish (***1/2)

Hahndorf Hill Winery White Mischief 2008

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2009, easy quaffing al fresco blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio is Sundowner style, sweet tropical fruit, mango and passionfruit with spicy pear and a gentle dry finish (***)

Hahndorf Hill Winery Chardonnay 2002

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, restrained style showing lemon, lime and apple flavours with quince and fig notes, creamy malo-lactic palate but has maintained a well balanced fresh, citric finish, spicy oak features (****)

Hahndorf Hill Winery Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, tight style with surprising ripeness for the region (2003 was a very warm vintage), blackcurrant and plum with liquourice notes, savoury medium bodied palate with good varietal expression with no dead fruit jamminess, well balanced tannins and French oak (****)

Hahndorf Hill Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, delicate style by Adelaide Hills standards, clear and clean expression of the regional passionfruit and nettle style with a hint of capsicum and snowpea greenness, well balanced minerally backbone with a crisp zesty finish (***1/2)

Hahndorf Hill Winery Trollinger Lemberger Rose 2006

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, salmon colour, light, dry Rose style showing strawberry, lemon and apple cider features, delicate spiciness, dry finish is a touch a short (***)

Hahndorf Hill Winery White Mischief 2006

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, blend of unwooded Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, based on South African ‘sundowner’ style, tangy Sauvignon-dominated blend, big passionfruit nose, palate shows sweet tropical fruit up front with some herbal and honeyed notes on the mid-palate, dry, crisp finish, summer evening quaffer that should go down as quickly this side of the Indian Ocean as it does in South Africa (***)