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Hirsch Hill

www.hirschhill.com

2088 Melba Highway, Dixons Creek, 3775 (postal: c/- Rosie Hirsch, Postal PO Box 13238, Melbourne, 8010)

Cellar Door: By appointment

Ph: (03) 8622 0118

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Hirsch Hill Estate is a family owned and run vineyard (and race horse breeding farm), situated at the cooler northern hills of the Yarra Valley.

The vineyard is located in a mini-valley that creates its own distinctive micro-climate. The wines are 100% estate grown and are matured in new French oak barriques to create medium toastiness. They are made by Alan Johns at Yering Farm.

The portfolio of excellent value wines include: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Rose are justifiably starting to break into the smaller retail chains. The cellar door is by appointment only but you will find Rosie Hirsch and friends promoting the wines at virtually every Melbourne wine event.

Hirsch Hill stall
Rosie Hirsh (middle) is in charge of sales - Photo from the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Docklands, 2006
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)

Hirsch Hill Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, supple and brambly red cherry, strawberry and raspberry with violet notes, fleshy mid-palate with forest floor and warm spice complexity, earthy undercarriage with fine tannins and well judged acidity, good value (****)

Hirsch Hill Pinot Rose 2010

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, off-dry strawberry and cream style, leafy red cherry and strawberry with a fine mid-palate creaminess, crisp and chalky finish (***1/2)

Hirsch Hill Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2011, reflects this outstanding vintage for Yarra Valley Shiraz, lively medium bodied blueberry and dark plum with flashes of redcurrant, warm toasty spices, white pepper and savoury meat with a touch of mint, the 30% new French oak brings spicy cedar/malt/clove the finish, maintains good line and length, approachable now but will gain with medium term cellaring (****)

Hirsch Hill Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, silky, brambly and light-medium bodied strawberry and red cherry with some mid-palate blackberry weight, savoury and earthy barnyard nuances and a light dusting of brown spices and very fine tannins, the mild vintage apart from a brief extreme heat spell in March has allowed a more delicate but lingering style than any I have previously had on this label (****)

Hirsch Hill Pinot Rose 2009

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, while Iím not a big fan of Pinot-derived Rose this is one of the better ones, dry, light and crisp strawberry with autumn leaves and sage nuances, well balanced with a lingering savoury finish, drink as soon as possible (****)

Hirsch Hill Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, bright expression showing a core of black cherry, plum and raspberry fruit with white pepper, toasty brown spices and the sub-regional barnyard nuances, medium-full bodied palate with a minerally spine and some earthy rhubarb and fine tannins on the finish, medium char oak, good value (****)

Hirsch Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, medium bodied, earthy and slightly vegetal showing redcurrant and cassis with strawberry, mint leaf and beetroot nuances, plenty of toasty brown spices and a streak of underlying minerality, silky mouth feel with fine tannins and malt-chocolate oak, the heatwave just prior to picking hasnít altered the cool vintage aspects of the wine too much (***1/2)

Hirsch Hill Late Harvest Dessert Wine 2008

Purchased: Stall at Federation Square Region Showcase ($15 for 375 ml)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, made from late harvested Chardonnay grapes, yellow-straw colour, sweet and richly flavoured melon and pineapple with raisened cumquat nuances, waxy texture balanced with lively lemon acids (***1/2)

Hirsch Hill Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2010, lighter bodied but buttery style with the full array of barrel ferment, malo and regular lees stirring inputs, ripe melon, nectarine and white peach with some pineapple sweetness, the palate shows lemon brulee and nutty aspects with toasty and spicy French oak, crisp lemon acids, good effort from this most challenging of heat and bushfire ravaged vintages for the Yarra (***1/2)

Hirsch Hill Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2009, very much in the regional nectarine, melon and white peach flavour spectrum, some buttery lemon brulee features offset the chalky mineral base, gentle toasty French oak, refreshing citric acid finish, good balance and length, represents good value (****)

Hirsch Hill Rose 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2009, return to the Pinot Noir derived form, gentle strawberry and cherry with some brambly notes and chalky texture adding interest, dry finish with a touch of residual sugar showing on the finish, all too quaffable but I preferred the Shiraz derived form from 2007 (***1/2)

Hirsch Hill Chardonnay 2007

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, a touch closed as it was only recently released, appealing stonefruit, melon and lime citrus, creamy lemon brulee palate with a balanced dry, minerally finish, subtle French oak (****)

Hirsch Hill Rose 2007

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, Shiraz derived for a change, attractive dry style with dried herb and spice with an expected touch of chocolate, well judged crisp minerally finish (****)

Hirsch Hill Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, array of peach, green apple and nectarine flavours, smooth and buttery palate, well balanced underlying mineral base, toasty vanilla oak (***1/2)

Hirsch Hill Rose 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2006, Pinot-derived, strawberry and red cherry aromas, quite savoury with light blackcurrant and strawberry nuances, dry with a hint of chocolate on the finish (***1/2)

Hirsch Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, good varietal nose showing cassis and blueberry character with subtle leafy and mint notes, spicy and richly flavoured despite the elegant medium-bodied palate with mint, well handled medium toasty oak on the finish (****)

Hirsch Hill Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, rich and complex nose showing black cherry, clove and white pepper notes, earthy palate shows similar spicy complexity with some barnyard notes leading to lingering finish complemented with well balanced acidity and spicy French oak (****)

Hirsch Hill Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, rich nose showing cassis, mulberry and red currant features along with mocha-chocolate, clove and pepper notes, medium bodied palate matches the promise of the nose, savoury with ripe intensity but without any jamminess, well balanced by firm tannins and sawdusty cedar oak (****)

Hirsch Hill Pinot Noir 2003

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, rich fruit-driven style reflecting the warm vintage, ripe but intense red berry and strawberry, barnyard notes but not showing much spice complexity but slides seamlessly into a firm and spicy toasty vanilla oak (***1/2)

Hirsch Hill Cabernet Merlot 2003

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2006, powerful nose shows plum, cassis and mulberry character, palate shows sweet plums at the front before sliding over to the earthy mulberry mid-palate, well framed by toasty oak, excellent value for your next BBQ (***1/2)