Suspended at the interface of climes, with an altitude of 550 Meters this site is essentially cool, particularly at night, yet with the advantage of being on the northern side of the Dividing Range, experiences a dry and warming influence from central Victoria.
With a reliable rainfall, freely drained soils and low disease pressure, it’s no mystery that this Estate is home to some very special wines, including one of Australia’s benchmark Rieslings as well as being heralded as the birthplace of peppery Shiraz. In fact, since the first plantings in 1970, Granite Hills has forged an enviable reputation as one of the countries most prized small family wineries by winning more than 400 awards from local and international shows.
Now approaching 40 years of pioneering Cool climate wines, the Knight family and dedicated staff, continue their pursuit through attentive vineyard management including hand pruning, hand picking and low yields, followed by an astute mix of modern and traditional winemaking techniques, to create wines with distinctive varietal and regional expression.
One of the best vintages in recent times, this wine leads with the ripe fragrance of Cabernet Franc followed by the deeper blackcurrant fruit of Cabernet Sauvignon and warm spicy cedar oak.
The palate is full and softly textured, with ripe berry fruit and chocolate flavours, framed by smooth mature tannins.