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Scotchman's Hill

www.scotchmanshill.com.au

Scotchmans Rd, Drysdale, 3222

Cellar Door: Daily (10.30 - 5.30)

Ph:(03) 5251 3176

Scotchman's Hill
Scotchman's Hill vineyards are located on volcanic soils on the windy Bellarine Peninusla. The prevailing icy Bass Strait winds keeps yields down and moderates the summer and autumn heat.
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Scotchman's Hill is the most well known of the region's wineries. Geelong's first medium sized winery was established in 1982 about 2 km up the hill from the main Geelong-Portarlington Road.

The vineyard is planted on the remains of an extinct volcano, on the Bellarine Peninsula, overlooking Corio Bay. The dense volcanic loam is not dissimilar to the legendary Merri Creek soil used in the MCG cricket pitches.

Horticulturalist Rob Burgess, who was employed to establish the vineyard, realised that the great fertility of the soil would produce a great profusion of vine growth but that the fierce prevailing westerlies would provide the vines with sufficient stress to provide the balance needed to make great wines.

Production has expanded under the current winemaker Robin Brockett, and its Pinot Noirs, in particular, have a strong following in Melbourne and Sydney. Apart from the two single estate wines the grapes are from selected vineyards from around Geelong. Swan Bay is its second budget-priced label using vines that are younger.

The Cornelius label has been launced for their super-premiums and the Ferryman label has been released in 2009 and uses contact grown grapes from the Mornington Peninsula.

Just down the hill the Browne family who run Scotchman's Hill, also run Spray Farm Estate, a beautiful 1851 heritage listed estate that is now a function centre (and has its own vines). Scotchman's Hill entered iinto long term lease arrangements with the Pettavel facilities in 2012. In April 2014 the Scotchman's Hill group that owned the winery sold it to new owners after a year in receivership.

Scotchman's Hill
Scotchman's Hill cellar door (photo: genxywines)
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)

Scotchman’s Hill Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, fragrant and peppery black cherry and blackberry with plum and blueberry hints and bright violet florals, juicy and medium bodied with good length and a whiff of savoury meatiness, restrained toasty cinnamon oak support (****)

Scotchman’s Hill Chardonnay 2014

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, 100% barrel fermented, creamy melon and nectarine with mealy lees aspects and citrus blossom florals, rounded  with crisp lemony acidity and spicy cashew oak (***1/2)  

Scotchman’s Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, bright and flavoursome tropical fruits such as paw paw, passionfruit and lychee with cut grass and orange citrus notes, moderately herbaceous with a chalky spine of lemony acidity (***1/2)

Scotchman’s Hill Pinot Noir 2014

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, about 10% whole bunch inclusion, perfumed and earthy plum, cherry and raspberry with lifted violet florals, medium bodied palate has a touch of gaminess, peppery spices and a touch of flat sarsaparilla on the back palate but is a touch forward (***)

Scotchman’s Hill Swan Bay Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: BWS, St. Kilda  ($A20)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2014, firm and earthy plum, raspberry and cherry with violet notes, medium-bodied with some glycerolly smoothness on the mid-palate,  tannins are fine but the acid is bracing and green-edged, light touch of charry oak (***)

Scotchman’s Hill Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($33)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting:  Oct 2012, dusty, medium-full bodied blackberry and redcurrant with liquorice and black pepper, some green edged savouriness on the mid-palate, ample charry/clove/roast coffee/chocolate oak (***1/2)

Scotchman’s Hill Sutton Vineyard Chardonnay 2007

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, perfumed, creamy barrel fermented style showing lemon, melon and nectarine with gun flint notes, long with a powdery texture and slaty minerality, toasty cinnamon/hazelnut oak, crisp and tangy core of grapefruit acidity holding up well despite bottle age (****)

Scotchman’s Hill Norfolk Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, silky black cherry and dark plum with violet, herb and asian spice notes, plump and medium-full bodied palate with some savoury and whole bunch complexity, dusty tannins with a light touch of spicy mocha-cedar oak (***1/2)

Scotchman’s Hill Bellarine Peninsula Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, spicy and medium bodied black cherry and plum with musk, black pepper and liquorice notes, glycerolly mid-palate with finely grained tannin and charry cedar/caramel oak (***1/2)

Scotchman’s Hill Moscato 2010

Purchased: Not ($10)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, fresh strawberry, lime and musk, chalky texture and lively spritz, clean balancing acid, light and breezy quaffer that does the job for the price point (***)

Scotchman’s Hill Cornelius Syrah 2007

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, PT 23 clone, lightly filtered, dense black cherry and dark plum with anise and black pepper, minerally and medium-full bodied with whole bunch inclusion bringing lively sappy acids and chewy savoury tannins, spicy cedar/vanilla from the Allier/Troncais barriques, long and complex wine (****)

Scotchman’s Hill Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, intense, briary and medium-full bodied blackberry and redcurrant with anise and cracked black pepper, back end is perhaps a bit dominated by the overt charry/clove/roast coffee/chocolate oak inputs, no shortage of flavours for the price point (***1/2)

Scotchman’s Hill Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: April 2010, sweet and ripe entry showing blackberry, mulberry and plum, the medium-full bodied palate is rather glycerolly with clove, cinnamon, white pepper and savoury meat notes, palate is a bit forward and spirity as are many wines from this hot vintage (***)

Scotchman’s Hill Geelong Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2009, blend of 4 clones, no malo but plenty of lees stirring to build up texture, vibrant nectarine, melon and white peach with wheatmeal and savoury lees inputs, zesty grapefruit acidity with well judged spicy and toasty cashew-vanilla oak, nicely balanced with enough complexity to hold interest (****)

Scotchman’s Hill Geelong Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2009, ripe passionfruit and guava entry with cut grass and orange rind mid-palate, chalky texture but a bit uneven, fresh lemony acids with some spicy snow pea and green capsicum notes on the finish (***1/2)

Scotchman’s Hill Geelong Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2009, blend of 4 clones (MV6, D5V12 and Burgundy 114, 115), ripe entry showing raspberry and plum with an earthy beetroot mid-palate, medium-full bodied, good length with some firm sappy acids, finely grained tannins and cedar oak, generally well crafted but a little sturdy for a higher score (***1/2)

Scotchman’s Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, crisp and vibrant tropical fruit and gooseberry with nettle and blackcurrant notes, light lees inputs, tightly focussed mineral backbone with a zesty spicy capsicum finish, strong varietal expression (****)

Scotchman’s Hill Chardonnay 2007

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, vibrant and crisp no malo style but has plenty of complexity, nectarine, melon and white peach, creamy lees notes fill out the mid-palate, lingering minerally lemon acids, well judged toasty hazelnut-vanilla oak support (****)

Scotchman's Hill Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, crisp with no malo but some well judged barrel ferment texture, melon, stonefruit and nectarine with some hazelnut notes, discrete spicy French oak, good length and balance (****)

Scotchman's Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, well focussed blackcurrant with violet and mint notes, spicy and earthy with glycerol smoothness, medium bodied, powdery texture on the finish with fine, lingering tannins (****)

Scotchman's Hill Pinot Noir 2007

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, light-medium style with black cherry, plum and violet with cinnamon and white pepper notes, some firm sappy acids, minerally with fine tannins, discrete cedar-vanilla oak, customarily well made but the primary fruit shows some stress from this difficult vintage (***1/2)

Scotchman's Hill Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, from the Spray Farm vines, ripe black cherry, plum and a touch of mulberry, savoury and medium-full bodied, chalky tannins with chocolate-vanilla oak (***1/2)

Scotchman's Hill Swan Bay Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, some Strathbogie Ranges content due to fruit scarcity, white peach, melon and lemon citrus, soft style showing heavy barrel ferment rather than malo, some biscuity notes, rather assertive toasty oak with a dry finish (***)

Scotchman's Hill Swan Bay Pinot Noir 2007

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, straightforward fruit driven style showing plum and raspberry, modestly spiced with barely any oak showing but enough acid to make it worth putting away for a couple of years (***)

Scotchman's Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2008, not as intense as usual, passionfruit, tropical fruit and brown lime, some barrel ferment texture, slightly sweaty, powdery mineral base, dry finish (***)

Scotchman's Hill Swan Bay Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton ($21)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2007, aromatic and flavoursome black cherry and plum with some raspberry nuances, medium bodied with some cinnamon and other spice features, oak is hardly there, tannins have resolved the raw edges of its youth although there is enough underlying sappy acid to hold it in balance for a couple more years (***1/2)

Scotchman's Hill Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, spicy plum and black cherry with pepper and clove notes, touch of underlying sappiness, unobtrusive oak and rounded tannins that are more structured than Swan Bay equivalent (***1/2)

Scotchman's Hill Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, lifted bouquet, buttery palate shows grapefruit and melon flavours, some savoury, vanilla and cashew notes from the spicy oak, minerally finish with citric acids (***1/2)

Scotchman's Hill Swan Bay Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, spicy plum and strawberry with pepper notes, bright fruit expression with a touch of forest floor, firmish tannins (***1/2)

Scotchman's Hill Riesling 2005

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, generous lime and tropical fruit nose with a touch of mandarin, palate structure is a bit loose, light minerally finish (***)

Scotchman's Hill Swan Bay Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, red currant and spicy plum with liquorice notes, medium to full bodied, with coffee-cedar oak features, smooth tannins (***)

Scotchman's Hill Swan Bay Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2006

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, lifted nose of lemon, gooseberry and tropical fruits, herbally and grassy mid-palate, crisp acidic finish (***)

Scotchman's Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, up front and pungent capsicum and ginger slides into passionfruit, very crisp finish, love it or hate it full throttle style, I like it (****)

Scotchman's Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, shows vibrant blackcurrant and red berry flavours, some dried herbs and pepper, restrained cedar oaking, medium bodied and generally well balanced although the tannins are still a bit raw, needs 5 years (***1/2)

Scotchman's Hill Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, reductive nose shows plum and black cherry with cold climate pepper and spice, moderately complex mid-palate showing plum and cherry with pepper and leather notes on the finish, charry cedar oak, needs some time to integrate (***1/2)

Scotchman's Hill Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, lifted bouquet, palate shows pear, stonefruit and melon though a bit more restrained than the nose, some savoury and cashew notes from the spicy oak, buttery, minerally backbone (***1/2)

Scotchman's Hill Swan Bay Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, 70% barrel fermented, peach, melon and tangy nectarine flavours, crisp no malo palate, light vanilla oak, dry finish (***1/2)

Scotchman's Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2004

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, pungent nose and palate show lifted tropical fruit, capsicum and gooseberry fruit, grassy, palate shows some herbal hints, bracing acid finish (***)

Scotchman's Hill Swan Bay Riesling 2004

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, lifted lime and citrus nose, floral hints, light and grassy, minerally finish with fresh and firm acid (***)

Scotchman's Hill Swan Bay Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2004

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, lifted gooseberry and tropical fruit nose, balance of the blend on palate weighted towards lemon sherberty Semillon, firm acidic finish (***)

Scotchman's Hill Swan Bay Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, straightforward peach and nectarine style typical of region, nutty cashew oak with balancing acid (***)

Scotchman's Hill Swan Bay Pinot Grigio 2005

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, lively and zesty pear and guava flavours with a crisp lemon finish, minerally backbone (***)

Scotchman's Hill Swan Bay Rose 2005

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, sweet style of rose, raspberry and strawberry nose, with plum also evident on mid-palate, summer quaffer (**1/2)

Scotchman's Hill Swan Bay Pinot Noir 2002

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton ($20)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: April 2004, strong and tangy plum with some interesting spice and forest floor character, medium bodied but will benefit with a couple more years cellaring to soften the grippy tannins (***)