Jasper Hill

Jasper Hill & Occam’s Razor Heathcote, Victoria

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.

“Whether it’s down to this very special rift of dirt or not, these wines are simply incredible.”
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

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.

Current Releases

2017 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Riesling 750ml & 1500ml
‘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 375ml, 750ml & 1500ml
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.

Previous Vintages (small quantities available of some previous vintages)

2016 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Riesling
‘Pale colour. Lifted lemon curd, shellac, touch eucalypt aromas with ginger notes. Generous wine with complex bitter lemon, grapefruit, ginger characters, fine pronounced acidity, attractive mid palate volume and mineral length. Already showing complexity and richness. Now-2030. 12.5% Alc.’ 93 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 Emily’s Paddock Shiraz
‘(with 3% Cabernet Franc) Typical complex creamy mint, aniseed, asian spice characters with a hint of chocolate in a generous and powerful wine of exceptional elegance, length and balance between the natural acidity and impeccable tannins. This one is as good as it gets. Long cellaring will reward, but it is delicious now! 15.0% alc/vol.’ Ron Laughton.

‘Medium deep crimson. Fresh redcurrant hazelnut aromas with hints of herb garden and sage. Sweet fruited wine with blackberry redcurrant fruits, slight minty cola notes, fine looseknit leafy tannin and under lying roasted chestnut mocha oak notes. Finishes gritty leafy firm with chinotto notes. Vigorous wine with strong underlying tannin structure. Will need time to come around. 2025-2040. 15% Alc.’ 93 points, Andrew Caillard MW, August 2017.

2015 Occam’s Razor Shiraz
‘Accentuating differences in terroir, Emily’s own wine from a single vineyard south of Heathcote, grown on soil derived from granite compared to the Jasper Hill wines from Cambrian basaltic soils. A ripe fruitiness with a floral touch to the bouquet, licorice/aniseed, even licorice allsorts. Fine legs, powerful long tannins. Delicious now and can also be cellared. 15.0% alc/vol.’ Ron Laughton.

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.

2015 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Semillon
‘Fourteen months in bottle before release. Honeyed aromas follow through on to the generous palate, with lanolin characters blending in to the light French oak background. Not Hunter in style, more dry white Bordeaux. 13.0% alc/vol.’ Ron Laughton.

‘Pale colour. Ansieed, fennel lemon, camomile aromas with yeasty complexity and lanolin notes. Fresh lemon aniseed flavours, fine chalky consistency, savoury roasted chestnut complexity and long acid cut. A touch of spearmint at the finish. A very intriguing wine with fresh buoyant fruit and underlying oak complexity. Now-2028. 14% Alc.’ 93 points, Andrew Caillard MW, August 2017.

2015 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Riesling
‘With its refreshing acidity, coupled with delicious citric flavours of lemon and lime, this is a cleansing, powerful aperitif that leads beautifully into the first course, particularly full flavoured seafood with a slice of lemon. Georgia’s Paddock Riesling also ages gracefully, if you desire more develope d characters. 13.0% alc/vol.’ Ron Laughton.

‘Pale colour. Grapefruit lemon curd, hazelnut aromas with honeyed notes. Very attractive wine with lemon curd, honeycomb flavours (botrytis), creamy complexity and long fresh crisp acidity. Finishes al dente/ chalky firm, long and sweet. Idiosyncratic but delicious to drink. Not a long term keeper. Now-2020. 13% Alc.’ 93 points, Andrew Caillard MW, August 2017.

2014 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz
‘Another classic, of deep crimson colour, intense aromas of red berries and mixed spices that follow through on to the palate , balanced with powerful but already supple tannins and fabulous natural acidity. Delicious – drink any time from now over the next twenty years. 15.0% alc/vol.’ Ron Laughton.

‘Medium deep crimson. Minerally almost saline, blackcurrant, roasted walnut, aromas with some liquorice notes. Generously proportioned palate with supple blackcurrant, cola, dark chocolate, roasted walnut flavours, fine looseknit al dente tannins. Finishes chalky, touch sappy firm with plenty of inky length. 2019-2035. 15% Alc.’ 91 points, Andrew Caillard MW, August 2017.

2014 Jasper Hill Emily’s Paddock Shiraz
The usual, brooding, dense magenta tones with an immediate perfumed, minty bouquet leading on to a spicy, black berried, blackcurrant, complex set of flavours followed by a firm tannic finish. With a great natural acid backbone, this one is as good as Emily’s Paddock gets. Long-living. 15.0% alc/vol.’ Ron Laughton.

‘Medium deep crimson. Intense graphite dark berry, espresso aromas with dried leafy sous bois notes. Generous wine with deep set inky dark fruits, fine plentiful chalky tannins and roasted chestnut, mocha ok complexity. Finishes brambly firm, long and minerally. A very chewy wine with great density and presence. 2025-2040. 15% Alc.’ 93 points, Andrew Caillard MW, August 2017.

2014 Occam’s Razor Shiraz
‘Emily’s own wine, her 14th vintage, from a single granitic soil organic vineyard south of Heathcote. Plusher fruits compared to Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz and a little more
tannic; bright crimson, lots of depth, plumy, ripe red fruits. Delicious now, but you will be rewarded with cellaring. 15.5% alc/vol.’ Ron Laughton.

2013 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Riesling
With an intense lime/lemon citric nose, the ‘bone dry’ palate and light phenolics coupled with high level natural acidity makes this the perfect aperitif and first course wine. 12.0% alc/vol.’ Ron Laughton.

‘Pale colour. Light oil skin, lemon, lime aromas with flinty nuances. Very attractive supple wine with fresh sweet baked lemon, lime fruits, fine looseknit chalky textures, generous mid palate viscosity and cutting long acidity. Lovely to drink now but should develop well. Now-2030. 12% Alc.’ 94 points, Andrew Caillard MW, August 2017.

2012 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz
‘As usual, the vivid magenta colour indicates the power to come on the palate with mixed spices, herbs and lots of ripe red berries. Very typical. Great acid/tannin balance and mouth-filling viscosity. Delicious now and can also be cellared long term if desired. 13.5% alc/vol.’ Ron Laughton.

2012 Jasper Hill Emily’s Paddock Shiraz
‘(with 3% Cabernet Franc) A classic; bright appearance with perfumed, minerally, spiciness and great natural acidity, balanced with fine supple tannins and the normal creaminess of oak in the background. Exceptional length and complexity. Will cellar for a long time if you can keep your hands off. 13.0% alc/vol.’ Ron Laughton.

‘Medium deep crimson. Fresh redcurrant, peppercorn, slight mint aromas. Well concentrated wine with redcurrant red cherry, slight peppery flavours, fine looseknit slinky textures and fresh new mocha oak notes. Finishes al-dente firm with plenty of length. Cooler spectrum of fruit aromatics with attractive richness and volume. 2020-2035. 13% Alc.’ 92 points, Andrew Caillard MW, August 2017.

2012 Jasper Hill Cornella Vineyard Grenache
‘A dark red brooding beauty with its characteristic ripe raspberry aromas coupled with a clean earthiness on the palate and a swag of tannin. A big, well balanced wine, re-gardless of the high alcohol. 15.5% alc/vol.’ 
Ron Laughton.

2012 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Nebbiolo
‘A fickle variety, not produced every year. This is one of our best; deep brick-red coloured, lifted floral aromas (rose?) countered by a generous savoury palate and powerful tannic finish, a trademark of the Nebbiolo grape. Drink now or cellar long term. 14.5% alc/vol .’ Ron Laughton.

2012 Occam’s Razor Shiraz
‘Beautiful red colour with lifted, sweet fruity aromas and palate, coupled with fine grained tannins. Emily’s own wine made from a single vineyard near Mia Mia, south of Heathcote. Grown on granitic soil, this a delicious and noble contrast to the Cambrian soil grown Jasper Hill Shiraz wines. Drink now or cellar. 15.0% alc/vol.’ Ron Laughton.

2012 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Riesling
‘Powerful aromatic floral, green apple and citrus aromas balanced by the normal crisp dry mouth cleansing palate. The depth of green/yellow colour in this young wine is an indication of its intensity. A great vintage! Will live forever if you are inclined to cellar it. 13.0% alc/vol.’ Ron Laughton.

‘Pale colour. Fresh honey lime with verbena notes. Developed honey lime fruit with TCA., chalky leafy textures and marked acidity. Attractive mid palate viscosity, fruit sweetness and mineral length. Some sage/ leafy notes. Now-2025. 13% Alc.’ 93 points, Andrew Caillard MW, August 2017.

2011 Jasper Hill The Sisters‘ Shiraz 
‘A blend of 20% Emily’s Paddock and 80% Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz wines, combining the creaminess, minerality and perfumed characteristics of the Emily’s in harmony with the ripe red berries and spiciness of the Georgia’s. The sum is superior to the individual components. Very elegant, power without too much weight; coming from a cooler year, this wine is delicious now and has medium term cellaring possibilities of 10-15 years.’ Ron Laughton.

2011 Occam’s Razor Shiraz
‘Emily’s own single vineyard wine, from fruit grown on granitic soil in the south of the Heathcote GI by Jasper Hill’s vineyard manager, Andrew Conforti. Previous vintage now serving in Michelin 3 Star ‘Per Se’ restaurant, Manhattan. Very, very good, but different to the Cambrian soil Jasper Hill flavours; more plums and dark fruit. Delicious now; also has great cellaring potential. 14.5% alc/vol ‘ Ron Laughton.

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 Riesling
‘Very aromatic floral, green apple/pear and lemon aromas follow through on to the crisp dry mouth cleansing palate. Slightly less weighty than the previous couple of vintages, but just as long on the finish. Delicious aperitif. 11.0% alc/vol.’ 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.

2010 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz
‘Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz has a pronounced nose of black cherries, creme de cassis, black pepper and loam with hints of coffee, anise and yeast extract. Medium to full-bodied and with a great concentration of spicy / peppery black fruit flavors, it has just enough acid and a medium to firm level of velvety tannins, finishing long. It’s a wonderfully elegant expression of this vineyard. Though approachable now, it should drink best 2014 to 2024+.’ The Wine Advocate, June 2012.

2010 Jasper Hill Emily’s Paddock Shiraz
‘Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Emily’s Paddock Shiraz Cabernet Franc has lifted cassis and black plum notes with an undercurrent of blackberry preserves, menthol, tree bark, underbrush, chocolate and salami plus a whiff of chocolate box. The medium to full-bodied palate is superbly structured with a medium to firm level of grainy tannins and refreshing acid supporting the taut, generous fruit, finishing long, with a savory character coming through. Still a little young, give it another 2-3 years in bottle at least and drink it to 2026+.’ The Wine Advocate, June 2012.

2010 Jasper Hill Cornella Vineyard Grenache
‘Not even a hint of grenache jamminess here, but powerful, pure fresh raspberries on the nose and palate, with a lovely clean fruity finish. A relatively new wine for us that has been gaining admirers from non-grenache drinkers.’ Ron Laughton.

2010 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Nebbiolo
‘Deliciously soft, fruity and less tannic than previous ones, but still with that Italianate savouriness and brick colour of the variety.’ Ron Laughton.

2009 Jasper Hill Cornella Vineyard Grenache
‘Not even a hint of grenache jamminess here, but powerful, pure fresh raspberries on the nose and palate, with a lovely clean fruity finish. A relatively new wine for us that has been gaining admirers from non-grenache drinkers.’ Ron Laughton.

2008 Jasper Hill Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz
‘The 2008 Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz is a fleshier, opulent and more forward style than Emily’s. Deep garnet colored, it has an open and expressive nose of blackberry, licorice, sandalwood, spice box, earth and a hint of game. Fine, firm tannins and medium-high acidity give great structure to the complex palate. Very long and layered in the finish, this wine is best approached from 2011 and enjoyed through 2020+. 300 cases were produced.’ The Wine Advocate, June 2010.

2008 Jasper Hill Cornella Vineyard Grenache
‘The 2008 Cornella Vineyard Grenache is a big beauty weighing in at 16% alcohol, yet it’s a style that is all about the velvety texture it exudes. Pale to medium garnet colored, it gives pronounced aromas of warm raspberries, powdered cinnamon and nutmeg with dashes of pepper and balsamic. A medium to high level of those wonderful velveteen tannins come though on the palate fleshed by earthy berry fruit and medium acidity. The finish is long and a little warm. Drink this one now to 2016+.’ The Wine Advocate, June 2010.