The aromatic whites from this small Pemberton producer have consistently been superb. This is so crisp and fruity but with a restraint that still sees loads of flavour packed into its tight frame. A splash of lemon lifts the finish which is clean and pure. Some nice herbals characters bring another dimension.
This variety has been the big winner for Hillbrook over the years, with a number of show medals. Not hard to see why with this beautiful example of a variety that does so well in Pemberton. Gooseberry and herbal tones with light tropical fruit and citrus tang. Just sings from the glass.
Hillbrook chardonnay 2013 ($24)
Has moved on a little in the past year. It’s a light-bodied chardonnay starting to show some richer fruit characters of butterscotch and stone fruit with a little extra time in bottle. Strikes a good balance of subtle stone fruit and creamy slightly nutty oak. The palate is balanced with neatly-weighted oak and a persistent finish. A wine for the short term.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 3 years
Hillbrook merlot 2012 ($25)
An appealing, highly fragrant and fruity merlot from this region. Scents of cherry and plum with some chocolaty influences. The palate is soft and generously proportioned with concentrated sweet fruit, fine grained oak and supple tannins. Hint of blackcurrant and some slightly savoury dusty edges. Builds towards a long finish.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 5 years
© Copyright to Ray Jordan