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The Member's Reserve wines are created by Hanging Rock's winemaker Robert Ellis, overseen by owner John Scott Ellis (JSE) exclusively for our loyal Wine Club Members. For this wine John has selected from our valued Heathcote grape growers, exceptional parcels of Shiraz, blended with 8% Cabernet.
With better growing and ripening conditions than could have been imagined, the 2015 vintage is appearing to be the best vintage of this century! The consistent rainfall in December followed by two months of cool, dry weather ensured the vines remained healthy. Although the cooler temperatures caused winemakers some concern regarding grape ripening early in the season, the vines prevailed and utilised these conditions to ripen at remarkable rates. This led to robust, ripe fruit flavours at low sugar levels, accompanied by wonderful natural acidity.
‘Athol’s Paddock’ followed more recent trends with the vineyard being picked in two lots. The older vines located at the top end of the vineyard were picked first while the younger vines, which like most teenagers did their ripening at their own pace, were picked at a later date. The favourable characteristics of this picking practice in recent years has yielded remarkable flavours and complexity indicative of the fabulous terroir of our Athol’s Paddock vineyard.