The Caroline Hills describes the irregular, small rolling hills that characterize much of the Hundred of Caroline, adjacent to the Victorian border, south east of Mount Gambier.
The soils of the Caroline region are predominantly sandy, lying over sandy clay and a complex of calcrete and limestone. The region is well suited to cool climate grape varieties and is establishing a reputation for excellent Suavignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Our first vines, Cabernet Sauvignon, were planted in the orchard block in 1988.
In 1994, work commenced on the current vineyard site, expanding the Cabernet and adding Cabernet Franc Merlot and Pinot Noir (clone D5V12). The Pinot plantings were further expanded in 1999 with plantings of Clone MV6. The most recent addition has been a 1.2 hectare block of Pinot Gris.
Grape varieties planted:
Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot. All vines are shoot positioned, predominantly as Vertically Shoot Positioned (VSP) treatments with two foliage wires
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Barrel store open for tastings and sales by appointment.
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2003 Pinot Noir. Concentrated berry aromas, soft tannins with a hint of oak.
2007 Pinot Noir. A brilliant ruby red wine with subtle French oak and berry fruit on the nose.
2006 Cabernet Merlot. A ruby red wine with delicate berry aromas and fine tannins on the finish.
2007 Shiraz. An intense purple wine with spicy plum and cherry aromas and soft sweet fruit on the palate.
2007 Chardonnay. A medium bodied wine with a bouquet of fresh fruit salad and subtle oak.
2008 Chardonnay. Integrated oak and melon fruits are matched with medium weight on the palate.
2009 Sparkling Merlot. Sweet, ripe, plumb flavours that ensure it is absolutely seductive and mouth filling.
2009 Shiraz. Ripe fruit aromas matched with persistent fruit and integrated American and French oak make for a big wine that drinks well now and will cellar.
2010 Pinot Gris. Green apple and pear characters with a crisp refreshing finish. Contact Details:
Norman Road, Yahl
Terry and Helen Strickland
Phone 08 8725 8857
Mobile 0408 258 854
Tastings by appointment