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Georgia's Paddock Shiraz 2018 (1500 mL)
Our aim is to make great wine, with the preservation of nature’s flavours, complexities and balance in our wines by using minimal intervention in our vineyards and in the cellar – to allow the individual vineyard’s “terroir” or sense of place to express itself by ‘interfering’ as little as possible.
Our wines are grown, made and bottled entirely on the estate from our own organic unirrigated vineyards. We produce our own composts and have never used synthetic chemicals on either the vines or the soils, since our vineyards were planted in 1975.
Viticultural practices are simple: own rooted vines (ie. not grafted on to American rootstocks to confer Phylloxera resistance), no irrigation whatsoever, minimal tillage, natural inter-row mulching leading to broad bio-diversity, very low yields giving depth and intensity to our wines. Only hand pruning of the vines and hand harvesting of the fruit can allow us the human connection to our living soil.
Established by Ron and Elva Laughton, ever since the first vintage in 1982 Jasper Hill has been a small, family business. The 2015 vintage was our 34th. As the vineyards and their two daughters have grown over the years, both Emily and Georgia continue to work within the business. Emily has been passionately growing grapes and making wine alongside her father since 2001, whilst Georgia enjoys doing most of the administrative work. Ron and Elva live amongst the vines on Emily’s Paddock; Emily lives on Georgia’s Paddock vineyard with her husband Nick, daughter Ella and son Nate. Nick is also a highly valued member of the team, both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Only time will tell, if the next young generation will continue the wine making tradition of their grandfather and mother.
Estimated Value: $200
Current Bid: $150 (0 Bid)
Provided by: Jasper Hill
(Est. Value $200)
Ron and Elva Laughton’s Jasper Hill makes some of Australia’s most individual and compelling Shiraz wines. Beginning in 1975, they were pioneers in Victoria’s Heathcote region. They have three vineyards. The first, Emily’s Paddock, is 3 hectares and is mostly Shiraz with 5% Cabernet Franc. The second, Georgia’s Paddock, is larger, and has 12 ha of Shiraz, 3 ha of Riesling and a hectare each of Semillon and Nebbiolo which are now just coming on line. The third vineyard is some 20 km distant at Cornella, still within the Heathcote region, which has 4 ha of Grenache.
The geology here is important. The vineyards are planted on a strip of Cambrian soil that is found between two faults. The predominant soil type is a deep red/brown gravelly loam that allows low vigour vine growth without irrigation. Because the vineyards are at an altitude of some 300 m, this is a relatively cool climate area for Australia, and harvest is usually in April.
They’ve been organic and unirrigated since their inception, but since 1998 Ron has also been employing biodynamics, although he won’t put this on the label because he doesn’t want to use it as a marketing gimmick. No synthetic chemicals or fertilizers have ever been applied to the vines.
In the winery they take a minimal intervention approach. No acidification is necessary: this is rare in Australia. The goal is to produce wines that reflect their terroirs. I'm impressed.
Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz 2002
Forward nose shows intense, minty berry fruit – sweet and alluring, and precisely delineated. Lovely weight of pure spicy fruit on the palate with a nice, spicy tannic structure. Really lovely and intense. Not overblown despite the impressive concentration. Gorgeous. Very good/excellent 94/100
Jasper Hill Emily’s Paddock Shiraz/Cabernet Franc 2002
Just 300 cases made. Juicy ripe, pure berry fruit nose. Distinctive minty, spicy palate with quite tight, fresh fruit and good acidity. Smooth, firm tannins and a spicy finish. Very good/excellent 92/100
Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Riesling 2003
Very aromatic herby, lemony nose. The palate is rich and fruity with some fruit sweetness and a herby edge. Nicely complex. Very good/excellent 90/100