Helen’s Hill Breachley Block Chardonnay
Nectarine, vanilla, spice, cedar – smells juicy and almost sweet. Light to medium bodied, tangy but pleasant grapefruity acid cut, a good swell of citrus and stone fruit flavour, with a pretty long lightly chalky finish.
At Helen’s Hill they are firmly of the belief that the Yarra Valley provides them as vignerons with the perfect ‘terroir’ to produce the best Chardonnays in Australia. The cool nights in summer maintain the acids and the hot days provide the intense fruit characteristics that all great chardonnays display. There is a planting of Chardonnay vines on the Helen’s Hill Estate vineyard that thrive above all others in these areas. They call it Breachley. The Breachley Block of vines sits perched above the home of co-owners Andrew and Robyn McIntosh. Planted in 1983, these vines provide an aged character to the fruit that simply cannot be replicated within younger vines.