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Seville Hill

www.sevillehill.com.au

8 Paynes Rd, Seville, 3139

Cellar Door: Daily (10-6)

Ph: (03) 5964 3284

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The involvement of John and Josie D'Aloisio in the agricultural industry began over thirty years ago culminating with the establishment of Seville Hill Vineyard and Winery in 1991.

It is located close to the small southern Yarra town of Seville, John and Josie have produced quality fruit from their deep rich red volcanic soil.

 

The early plantings of wine varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and more recently Merlot. John makes the wine with assistance from Domenic Bucci.

When I first visited in 2006 they were just releasing the first Pinot. John said that he didn't like the 'hot, farmyard' style of Pinots common in the Yarra and was going for a richer full bodied style that utilise the fertility of the red volcanic soil.

He also isn't a fan of the pungent Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs either, which explains the minerally but flavoursome Sauvignon Blanc.

The Reserve Shiraz is my personal pick of the portfolio and combines the best elements of Yarra Valley elegance and ripe fruit expression.

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)

Seville Hill Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot 2011

Purchased:  Not ($35)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015,  from cold 2011 vintage, methode champenoise style, fairly richly flavoured lemon sherbet and green apple with strawberry and mushroom nuances,  creamy mousse with some yeasty lees complexity, crunchy grapefruit acidity and good length with a touch of brine on the finish (****1/2)

Seville Hill Reserve Shiraz 2009

Purchased:  Not ($50)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, somehow avoided the smoke taint from the 2009 bushfires, slightly extracted and concentrated black cherry and boysenberry with liquorice, sage and white pepper notes, plump and medium bodied, the herbally acid spine is quite fresh for its age, the clove/dark chocolate oak is well integrated (****1/2)

Seville Hill Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased:  Cellar Door ($30)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, floral and plump red cherry and blackberry with some foresty complexity and a touch of mint, medium-cull bodied with toasty brown oak spices and fine savoury tannins on the finish (****)

Seville Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2012

Purchased:  Not ($30)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, floral and moderately buttery white peach and melon with fig  and honey notes, vibrant grapefruit acid spine provides the drive, balanced almond/cinnamon/clove oak in a support role (****)

Seville Hill Merlot 2010

Purchased:  Not ($30)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, juicy and glossy plum, red cherry and blackberry with sage and bay leaf notes, medium bodied with the vineyard’s red earth minerality providing the underpinning, pliant but grainy tannins (****)

Seville Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Purchased:  Not ($27)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015,  not intense for the variety, lime and passionfruit with cut grass and pea pod notes, also has some spiciness and pineapple aspects, minerally with good length and crisp citrusy finish (***1/2)

Seville Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased:  Not ($30)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, glossy and medium bodied cherry and blackberry with mint  and green olive notes, fairly concentrated entry but shows a mid-palate dip, toasty mocha-coffee oak finish (***)

Seville Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Purchased: Not ( $22)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, creamy mouth feel showing melon, pineapple and passionfruit with cut grass and honeysuckle notes, crisp citric acid with a touch of asparagus (***)

Seville Hill Tempranillo 2008

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, medium bodied, spicy red fruits and cherry with a touch of aniseed and herb, the mid-palate seems a bit subdued, some dark chocolate and cinnamon from the assertive French oak, fine savoury tannins, good juicy acidity for the long haul (***1/2)

Seville Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, long and fairly complex with barrel ferment and lees inputs, yellow-gold colour, creamy white peach, nectarine and melon with honeysuckle and brioche notes, toasty cinnamon-vanilla oak, the grapefruit acidity is starting to mellow with bottle age so drink up soon (****)

Seville Hill Reserve Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, flavoursome entry showing boysenberry and black cherry with white pepper, violet and anise notes, medium bodied with lots of creamy mocha-chocolate dominating the back end, fine tannins (***1/2)

Seville Hill Merlot 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, spicy and medium bodied blackcurrant and red cherry with black olive, mint leaf and cedary cigar box oak notes, still has plenty of acid and tannic grip to benefit from medium term cellaring (***1/2)

Seville Hill Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, rather intense and brambly black cherry and plum with musk, violet and toasty brown spices, medium bodied with a fresh cut of stalky acids and discrete spicy French oak (***1/2)

Seville Hill Rose 2009

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, derived from 80% Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder from Pinot Noir and Shiraz, rather sweet, spicy and bold, watermelon, strawberry and blackcurrant with a crisp finish, one for the sweet tooths (**1/2)

Seville Hill Yarra Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2009, textured style showing stonefruit, kiwifruit and passionfruit with cut grass and asparagus notes, austere but not dilute as many in the Victorian (non-Kiwi) brigade in recent vintages, chalky mineral finish (***1/2)

Seville Hill Yarra Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2008, tangy white peach, melon and nectarine, lots of spicy oak adds cinnamon and vanilla oak underpinned with stonefruit and orange rind acidity (***1/2)

Seville Hill Yarra Valley Reserve Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, attractive elegant style, ripe black cherry and boysenberry, medium bodied palate shows white pepper and cinnamon with mid-palate notes of anise, mocha-chocolate oak, dusty tannins (****)

Seville Hill Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, bigger style showing sweet red cherry and brambly dark plum, medium-full bodied with some attractive spice and a hint of anise, some stalky elements to balance the sweetness, subtle French oak (***1/2)

Seville Hill Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, ripe core blackberry and black cherry with black olive and mint notes, spicy and medium bodied, mocha-chocolate finish with light French oak, firmish tannins (***1/2)

Seville Hill Yarra Valley Unwooded Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2006, bright with melon, peach with an unusual apricot twist, palate has abundant nutty lees features, crisp minerally finish, big style for an unwooded Chardonnay (***1/2)

Seville Hill Yarra Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2005

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2006, sweeter minerally style with pineapple, passionfruit and kiwifruit with lime and musc notes, crisp minerally finish, sweet tooths will like this non-pungent style (***1/2)

Seville Hill Yarra Valley Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2006, bright expression of red cherry and plum and a touch of cigar box, medium bodied peppery palate is framed with assertive charry cedary oak, firm tannins, bigger style than is usual in the Yarra for this variety (***1/2)

Seville Hill Yarra Valley Rose 2006

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2006, bright and sweet style derived from Pinot, raspberry and strawberry, better than a sickly sweet drop due to the violet and herbal mid-palate complexity, dry finish (***)

Seville Hill Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2005, deep crimson in colour, the nose of cedar, violets, blackberry and spice, the palate shows flavours of dark chocolate, cherry and spice, complimented with charry oak, lively acid and fine tannins on the finish (***1/2)

Seville Hill Yarra Valley Reserve Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2005, rich ruby red colour, blackberries, black pepper and spice aromas, the savoury palate displays blackberry fruit, black pepper, spice and cinnamon with mid-palate notes of aniseed and mocha, fine tannins. Only bottled for a few weeks when I tasted it so the fruit is very restrained and closed, hopefully will develop with long term cellaring but a bit hard to rate yet - provisional (***1/2)

Seville Hill Yarra Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2004

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2005, pale straw in colour, minerally with tropical fruit aromas and flavours of pineapple, passionfruit and lime citrus on the palate, fresh and a crisp citrus finish (***1/2)

Seville Hill Yarra Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2004

Purchased: Cellar Door ($22)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2005, pale straw, tropical and stone fruit characters with hints of lime with the malolactic fermentation adding buttery and spicy oak flavours and crisp finish (****)

Seville Hill Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Cellar Door ($28)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2005, nose and palate of cloves, spice and cinnamon on brambleberry and plum fruit and mint, touches of liquorice and vanilla oak, will be a big powerful Pinot - a lot more Mornington Peninsula than Yarra Valley, still very young (only had been bottled for a few weeks when I tasted it), keep to 2010 (***1/2)

Seville Hill Yarra Valley Rose 2004

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2005, a sweet Rose (surviving the current fashion in the Yarra for dry Roses) bouquet of violets and mixed berries, particularly the strawberry from the Pinot in the blend, which carry through to the palate with and lingering finish (***)