204 Sim St, Ballarat 3350 (postal)
Cellar Door: Not
Ph: (03) 5331 3785
The Tomboy Hill brand is based on a patchwork of tiny vineyards around Ballarat and is run by Ian Watson (the wines are now made on contract by Geelong wine-maker Scott Ireland).
The tiny estate close planted vineyard was established in 1984 although until 1993 the wines appeared under the Wingfield label. The first Tomboy Hill label was produced from the 1997 vintage with the assistance of John Ellis from Hanging Rock.
Single vineyard wines are also made depending on vintage conditions from fruit grown from local growers located at Smythe's Creek (Nintingbool Vineyard), Rokewood Junction, Garibaldi Farm, Scotsburn and Coghill's Creek(Myola Vineyard). The second Rebellion brand is made from blends from these vineyards.
The aim is to produce high quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Ian and Scott have certainly achieved this and won high praise when James Halliday described Tomboy Hill in his 2006 Australian Wine Companion "as the as the most exciting new entry" into his volume that year.
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)
Tomboy Rebellion Pinot Noir 2014
Purchased: Bendigo Wine Bank ($35)
(GXY) Tasting: April 2017, bright, floral and juicy plum and black cherry with raspberry nuances, supple, spicy and medium bodied with a touch of vegetalness and dusty tannins (***1/2)
Tomboy Hill Smythes Creek Pinot Noir 2008
Purchased: Not ($50)
(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, this is sourced from Nintingbool Vineyard, earthy and medium bodied but a little firm, has lots of complexity just beginning to emerge, floral maraschino cherry, redcurrant and plum with beetroot and menthol notes, discrete smoky cedar with some nervy acidity, will reward those prepared to give this at least another couple of years more in the cellar (****)
Tomboy Scotsburn Chardonnay 2003
Purchased: Not ($38)
(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, green-straw colour, rich melon and lime nose with complex clove and floral notes, minerally nectarine and melon palate meshes with clove oak, shows great structure and finesse, the pick of Tomboy Hill's admirable range of Chardonnays (*****)
Tomboy Rebellion Chardonnay 2003
(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, straw colour, complex lime and other citrusses with honeysuckle and mineral features, creamy palate with dry gooseberry finish and some subtle spicy oak, drinking terrific now but see what it will be like in a couple of years (****)
Tomboy Chardonnay 2003
Purchased: Not ($33)
(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, pale straw colour, restrained nose shows citrus and honeydew melon features with a touch of apricot and barrel ferment, soft buttery palate shows greater fruit intensity than the nose, flows nicely into flinty mineral finish, cashew oak (****)
Tomboy Rebellion Pinot Noir 2003
Purchased: Not ($30)
(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, ruby red, subtle raspberry and black cherry aroma backed up with mocha and clove bouquet from the oak, tight palate needs time to open up a more spicy complexity, charry oak, good food wine now but should be drinking better in three years (***1/2)