Established in 1975 by Ron and Elva Laughton, Jasper Hill producers some of Australia’s most compelling and sought after wines. Located at Heathcote in Central Victoria on ancient Cambrian soils-deep, red coloured, well drained gravely loams on undulating hillsides. These support low-vigour vine growth without the need for supplementary irrigation.
The wines are produced entirely on the estate using organic and biodynamic principles. Inter row mulching and self made organic compost is used to improve soil organic matter. This allows greater bio-diversity in micro flora and fauna, supporting large earthworm populations beneficial for natural soil fertility. Following these principles no synthetic chemicals have ever been applied to the soils or vines. Vines are grown on un-grafted root-stock and non irrigated, expressing flavours and characteristics natural to their variety and terroir. Grown at elevations of 1000 feet the vines benefit from warm days but cool nights, imperative for natural acid retention and structure. None of the wines from Jasper Hill vineyards has even been acid adjusted at any stage. These are natural wines of striking purity. With 35 vintages to their credit, these wines have a long established record for ageing gracefully with careful cellaring.
Emily's Paddock: three hectares of Shiraz including around five percent Cabernet Franc, yielding about two tonnes per hectare (14hl/ha). Planted in 1975/76.
Georgia's Paddock: 12 hectares of Shiraz yielding about three tonnes per hectare (20hl/ha). Three hectares of Riesling giving about three tonnes per hectare (20hl/ha). Planted in 1975/76 with further small plantings done after the vineyard was ravaged by bushfire in 1987. One hectare each of Semillon planted in 1992 (since grafted over), and Nebbiolo planted in 1993.
Lo Stesso: this small planting (less than 1 hectare) of Fiano is located very close to the winery at the southern end of Georgia’s Paddock. The wine is made by Emily and Georgia Roberts and in the early years came from another vineyard in Heathcote from purchased fruit, though the portion of purchased fruit has reduced in recent years. Partially fermented in used oak and bottled relatively early (under stelvin) to retain freshness. This shows the signature intensity and texture so typical of fruit that one finds from Georgia’s Paddock.
2019 Lo Stesso Fiano Screw-cap sealed.
“Screw-cap sealed. Red apple, brown pear and passionfruit with a subtle oak background and cleansing acid finish describes this full flavoured, imminently drinkable dry white wine. Half grown on Georgia’s Paddock, half from commercial Heathcote fruit, made by Emily and winemaker friend Georgia Roberts 14.0% alc/vol” Ron Laughton + Emily McNally
2019 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Riesling
'From the immediate nose of lemon and lime, to the full weighty palate that includes some ripe pineapple characters, through the biting, cleansing, long, acid, ultra-dry finish, this is a great example of our Heathcote Riesling. Perfect as an aperitif but can also easily match full flavoured first courses. Requested for restaurant use, some 750mL bottles have been sealed under screw cap as a trial. 12.5% alc/vol.' Ron Laughton + Emily McNally
2018 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Semillon
'Complex honey, praline, toast and lanolin aromas and flavours dominate, with a light oak background adding weight and a crisp citrus finish. Only a couple of barrels made each year, so a rarity and little known generally as a Jasper Hill wine from Heathcote. Drink later in the meal, with poultry, cheese or full flavoured vegetable dishes. 13.0% alc/vol.' Ron Laughton + Emily McNally
2018 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz
'Vibrant magenta colour typifies this wine as a classic Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz from a great vintage. Always delicious and approachable upon release, backed up by great cellaring ability if you wish. Ripe red raspberry and blackberries, purple plums and very complex spiciness fills the big palate that follows through on to the characteristic, supple yet assertive tannic finish, balanced by impeccable, racy natural acidity. The 15.5% alc/vol is so well balanced it doesn’t show!' Ron Laughton + Emily McNally
2018 Jasper Hill Emily’s Paddock Shiraz (allocation only, very limited)
'(co-fermented with 3% Cabernet Franc) Immediately recognizable as a highly typical Emily’s Paddock. From its depth of colour and individual, perfumed, minty nose, across its full spicy palate, beautifully balanced yet powerful grape and French oak derived chalky tannins to its extremely long, natural acid finish. Great longevity. Very proud of this one! 14.5% alc/vol' Ron Laughton + Emily McNally
2018 Occam's Razor Shiraz
'Emily’s own label, named after 14th century theologian and philosopher William of Ockham’s views of “less is more” - applicable in wine-making as minimal intervention. A fabulous wine grown on granite based soil, to compare with the basalt derived Jasper Hill wines. Exhibits savoury up-front fruitiness, elegant raspberry, cola and dark chocolate characters. Delicious now and cellarable. Again, the 15.5% alc/vol doesn’t show.' Ron Laughton + Emily McNally
2018 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Nebbiolo
'Light, cherry red colour lures you into thinking a light wine to follow, but what a surprise! Apart from cherry, flavours of raspberry, red-currant and aniseed hints lead on to an extremely elegant palate that immediately hits you with the desirable Nebbiolo characteristic of mouth puckering tannin, particularly after swallowing. Lovely clean acid finish to match. 13.5% alc/vol.' Ron Laughton + Emily McNally
Previous Vintages (small quantities available of some previous vintages)
2018 Lo Stesso Fiano Screw-cap sealed.
“A Southern Italian white variety, half grown in Georgia’s Paddock and half from commercial Heathcote fruit. A relativel new wine in our portfolio, made at Jasper Hill by Emily and her winemaker friend Georgia Roberts. Partly fermented in French oak barriques giving extra weight, it has rich flavours of crisp green apple and cleansing acidity – delightful power. 14.0% alc/vol” Ron Laughton.
2018 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Riesling
'Possibly the best Riesling we have ever made! Completely dry as usual, with the normal voluminous citric nose of lemon and lime, even lemon meringue pie this time, very fragrant with pure, refreshing acidity in abundance and an extremely long finish. Wow! 12% Alc.' Ron Laughton.
2017 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Semillon
'Back on the list, after missing the 2016 vintage. Miniscule volumes of this white Bordeaux styled wine: has a rounded palate of buttery honey and lanolin with a new French oak background and a light tannic finish. Fourteen months bottle age prior to release, it has already thrown a small harmless tartrate “wine diamonds” deposit. Ideally matched to oily fish or roast chicken. 14.0% alc/vol.' Ron Laughton.
2017 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz
'A fabulous, typical example from this single vineyard that from it’s pristine crimson colour and leading, full aroma, exhibits the characteristic flavours of dark berries, ripe red fruits and complex exotic spices that lead into a supple tannic palate beautifully balanced with abundant natural acid. Maybe a little more forward than the 2015 and 2016, it will still cellar for a long time if you wish. 15% Alc.' Ron Laughton.
2017 Jasper Hill Emily’s Paddock Shiraz (allocation only, very limited)
'(co-fermented with 3% Cabernet Franc) Like the Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz, a little more forward and elegant than recent vintages - if you are familiar with Emily’s Paddock, this is unmistakably Emily’s Paddock! That highly spiced and perfumed nose with some mint, full fruity palate, harmonious grape and new French oak tannins with extreme length. Again, great longevity. 15.5% Alc.' Ron Laughton.
2017 Occam's Razor Shiraz
'Emily’s sixteenth vintage of her own single vineyard Heathcote wine, from Shiraz grown in the South of the Heathcote region on granite based soil. Delightful deep crimson colour with upfront plush fruit aromas and a beautiful, balanced palate of ripe red plums and chocolate. Delicious. 15.5% Alc.' Ron Laughton.
2017 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Nebbiolo
'Light brick red colour when poured, but don’t be deceived into thinking this is a lightweight, as the typical floral nose and savoury palate opens into a barrage of fine grained tannins and assertive acidity. Match to a fully ripened surface moulded cheese. 14.5% Alc.' Ron Laughton.
2017 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Riesling
'Pale colour. Intense lemon curd, lime, camomile, tonic water aromas. Fresh, well concentrated lemon curd, lime, cumquat flavours, fine slinky touch al dente textures, and marked acidity. Finishes with a phenolic firm finish. Intensely flavoured wine with strong varietal definition and pronounced structure. Elements should integrate and develop with time. Now-2030. 13% Alc.' 91 points, Andrew Caillard MW, August 2017.
2016 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz
'Medium deep crimson. Intense elderberry, blackberry aromas with praline, espresso notes and hints of roasted chestnuts. Well concentrated blackberry pastille, praline flavours, fine chocolaty tannins and underlying roasted chestnut, savoury oak complexity. Finishes chocolatey with attractive bitter mineral length. Elemental with some liquorice notes. 2020-2035. 15.5% Alc.' 94 points Andrew Caillard MW, August 2017.
2016 Jasper Hill Emily’s Paddock Shiraz (allocation only, very limited)
'Medium deep Crimson. Intense lifted blackcurrant menthol aromas with chinotto inky notes. Well concentrated blackcurrant blackberry fruits, with menthol sage like notes, fine chocolaty but vigourous tannins and underlying mocha ginger oak complexity. Finishes firm with plenty of fruit persistency. Elemental with plenty of richness and density to offset the muscular structure. Should age for decades. 2022-2040. 15.5% Alc.' 94 points, Andrew Caillard MW, August 2017.
2016 Occam's Razor Shiraz
'Medium deep crimson. Intense fragrant blackberry pastille aromas with herb garden ginger liquorice notes. Well concentrated blackberry, liquorice flavours, ginger oak complexity and underlying savoury notes, fine grainy al dente tannins and underlying mineral acidity. Still elemental but buoyant with plenty of viscosity and underlying supple structure. Drinking well now but will reward further cellaring. Now-2025? 15.5% Alc.' 94 points, Andrew Caillard MW, August 2017.
2016 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Nebbiolo
'Medium crimson. Fragrant cranberry, strawberry aromas with inky ginger complexity. Lovely supple wine with red cherry, strawberry cola, cranberry fruits, dried roses, fine slinky looseknit tannins, wonderful mid palate viscosity and lovely integrated fresh clear acidity. Superb length. A gorgeously seductive wine showing the beauty of Nebbiolo. Is this the best in Australia? Now-2025. 13.5% Alc.' 96 points, Andrew Caillard MW, August 2017.
2015 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz
'From another great vintage, with 12 months elevage in French oak barriques, of which 20% were new. Exhibiting the typical characters of mixed red berries and general spiciness to the velvety, viscous, well-balanced and rounded palate. Powerful wine, with fine, supple tannins and a fabulous length. Great longevity again, but regardless, this will immediately appear on wine lists matched to grilled red meats without any detriment. 15.0% alc/vol.' Ron Laughton.
'Medium deep crimson. Fresh dark cherry, blackberry herb garden aniseed aromas with espresso notes. Inky textured wine with lovely ripe dark cherry, blackberry fruits, slinky fine chalky tannins, underlying savoury nuances and bitter chinotto-like finish. Elegantly styled wine with lovely aromatic complexity and vigour. 2022-2038. 15% Alc.' 95 points, Andrew Caillard MW, August 2017.
2015 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Nebbiolo
'Don’t be deceived by the light red, almost pinot-ish colour, compared with the intense crimson of its Shiraz sisters. A powerhouse of typical long, forceful mouth coating tannins on the finish, preceded by a strong aroma of strawberries and a savouriness that lingers forever, including some stone fruit hints. 14.0% alc/vol.' Ron Laughton.
'Medium deep colour. Fresh cola, strawberry, sage aromas with teal leaf notes. Well concentrated wine with strawberry cola flavours, a touch of eucalyptus, sage, fine looseknit chalky sappy tannins and attractive mineral length. Quite muscular in structure but plenty of flesh on the bone. Now-2025. 14% Alc.' 92 points, Andrew Caillard MW, August 2017.
2011 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Nebbiolo
'Deliciously soft, fruity and not too tannic, with the Italianate savouriness and brick colour associated with the variety. Floral hints on the nose, beautiful complexity on the palate and zingy acidity with medium body.' Ron Laughton.
2011 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Viognier
'After the blockbuster of the 2009 first release, this wine is a more delicate expression of typical Viognier characteristics and is better-off for it – viscous mouthfeel, ripe apricot and peach stone-fruit aromas and flavours, great balance and length, perfect food wine and low in alcohol.' Ron Laughton.