Adelaide Hills

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Adelaide Hills
Latitude
Altitude
400-500m
Growing Season Rainfall
310mm
Mean January Temperature
19.1°C
Harvest
Mid March to late April
Wineries
114
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Cracka Rating 0

About Adelaide Hills

The picturesque Adelaide Hills wine region runs along the top of the Mount Lofty Ranges from Mount Pleasant in the north to Mount Compass in the south. It is a cool climate region driven by altitudes of 350-700 metres above sea level. The focus is on premium styles of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wine. They show vibrant character, elegance and fresh natural acidity. The Adelaide Hills is leading the charge for chardonnay in South Australia. Impressive, modern chardonnay styles show bright citrus fruit with subtle oak integration, complexity and minerality. Sauvignon blanc makes zesty wines of passionfruit and tropicals, while sensuous pinot noir is coming into its own. Sparkling wine styles range from fresh and fruit driven, to complex and creamy. Bigger reds like shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc ripen successfully on the warmer sites. Hills growers are also having success with tempranillo, nebbiolo, sangiovese, arneis, and gruner veltliner. The Adelaide Hills is home to over 50 wine producers. 3,700 ha of vineyard rise and fall through the twisting valleys of the range in multiple pockets of soil and aspect. The great diversity of terroir includes grey and brown loams, weathered schists, skeletal quartzites, sandstones and podsols. Lenswood and Piccadilly Valley are recognised sub regions. Reaching 727 metres at the summit, the Mount Lofty Ranges stretch for over 300km from Cape Jervis at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula to Peterborough in the north of the state. The lush green vines and candlebark eucalypts of the Adelaide Hills are an easy 20min from Adelaide CBD, with lots of gorgeous picnic spots along the way.

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2013 Pure Hills Pinot Noir

2013 Pure Hills Pinot Noir

This Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir comes from the very talented hand of Mr Tipple; the Clare Valley based wine bottler who has his hands in pies all over South Australia. This particular wine comes from a well known Clare winemaker who just happens to...

Cracka rating90
Region: Adelaide Hills
2013 Mike Press Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Mike Press Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

Is this the best value Sauvignon Blanc in Australia? It’s hard to beat Adelaide Hills producer Mike Press when it comes to value for money. You always get plenty of flavour and immediate drinkability from Mr Press, as you can see in this brand...

Cracka rating80
Region: Adelaide Hills
2012 Mr. Riggs Montepulciano d'Adelaide Hills

2012 Mr. Riggs Montepulciano d'Adelaide Hills

Here we have a homage to Italy. Montepulciano is a town in Tuscany, as well as being a native grape variety, and this version shows aromas of red berries, dried Italian herbs and potpourri on the nose, whilst the palate is more medium-bodied with ...

Cracka rating70
Region: Adelaide Hills
2013 Murdoch Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Murdoch Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

This medium to fuller-bodied style of cab sav out of the Adelaide Hills represents great value for money for the contents of the bottle. Smells of blackcurrant, raspberries and dried herbs lift from the glass, whilst the palate is nicely fruited w...

Cracka rating80
Region: Adelaide Hills
2009 d'Arenberg The Last Ditch Viognier

2009 d'Arenberg The Last Ditch Viognier

Rich. Viscous. Weighty. All good (and correct) words used to describe a luscious McLaren Vale Viognier like this. Gingery, apricotty fruit and lots of it, this carries oodles and oodles of flavour.

Cracka rating80
Region: Adelaide Hills
2012 S.C.Pannell Pronto Bianco White Blend

2012 S.C.Pannell Pronto Bianco White Blend

Steve Pannell is one of the countries most respected winemakers. He likes to do something a bit out of the ordinary, and this white blend is an intriguing little number. Smells of citrus, green pears, tropicals and nuts adorn the nose, whilst the ...

Cracka rating80
Region: Adelaide Hills
2012 Mayhem & Co Newcomer Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir

2012 Mayhem & Co Newcomer Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir

Here we have a deeply coloured, bold, juicy, lightly-oaked pinot noir that would be just the thing for a duck and mushroom risotto. There's plenty of red fruits, particularly strawberries, on the nose, along with a touch of dried herbs and subtle ...

Cracka rating90
Region: Adelaide Hills
2009 Riposte The Rapier Traminer

2009 Riposte The Rapier Traminer

Gewurztraminer is SO underrated it's not funny. There's plenty of things to like about the variety, plus it's great with Asian-inspired food. This swashbuckling, perfumed number is a joy to drink, with smells of lychees, ginger spice, musk florals...

Cracka rating90
Region: Adelaide Hills
2012 Winter Creek Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Winter Creek Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

It's savvy time and this is a typical Adelaide Hills style with juicy passionfruit cut grass and green apple fruits finishing bright and with crisp acidity. Moreish and drinking at peak it is superb Summer drink

Cracka rating80
Region: Adelaide Hills
2009 S.C.Pannell Adelaide Hills Nebbiolo

2009 S.C.Pannell Adelaide Hills Nebbiolo

This may well be the closest thing we have in Australia to how nebbiolo is supposed to be. Steve Pannell is one of the most experienced winemakers in the country with the variety - and it shows! Nebbiolo is like pinot noir with balls, and this one...

Cracka rating100
Region: Adelaide Hills
2009 Chain of Ponds The Amadeus Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Chain of Ponds The Amadeus Cabernet Sauvignon

This Cabernet is not named after Mozart but it’s a fine and harmonious orchestration of flavours that hums an elegiac tune. The Adelaide Hills is not famed for this variety but this wine makes a convincing argument for why it should be taken more ...

Cracka rating80
Region: Adelaide Hills
2012 Bird in Hand Merlot

2012 Bird in Hand Merlot

Merlot is a funny old beast. In Australia it has suffered from a PR crisis but the best ones are worth latching on to and worth shouting about. This one from Adelaide Hills’ legends Bird In Hand shows just how juicy and drinkable this style can be...

Cracka rating60
Region: Adelaide Hills
2010 Quattro Mano La Gracia

2010 Quattro Mano La Gracia

Want a red of real interest that will have you humming the Gypsy kings and reaching for your castanets? Well, that’s a bit of a lie but this cheeky little blend with a decidedly Spanish bent will pair well with a meaty paella of Chorizo and rabbit...

Cracka rating60
Region: Adelaide Hills
2013 Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Gruner Veltliner

2013 Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy Gruner Veltliner

Gruner Veltliner has found a home in Australia, especially in the Canberra District and Adelaide Hills. This one from Geoff Hardy is a dry, spicy number that shows lots of citrus and tropicals on the nose mingling with some jasmine florals and whi...

Cracka rating80
Region: Adelaide Hills
2011 Mystery Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

2011 Mystery Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

This mysterious Sauvignon Blanc comes from one of the biggest producers in the Adelaide Hills, the wine made as a complex and interesting barrel fermented style intended to be drunk with food (in other words, it is serious Savvy). With 94 points f...

Cracka rating100
Region: Adelaide Hills
2010 Quattro Mano Duende Pinta

2010 Quattro Mano Duende Pinta

This very Spanish sounding red is actually from the Adelaide Hills and it’s a captivating mix of Touriga, Tinta cao and Tinta amarela. These obscure grape varieties are more commonly found in port but there are small amounts grown in the Barossa V...

Cracka rating70
Region: Adelaide Hills
2013 Murdoch Hill Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

2013 Murdoch Hill Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

This light straw and lemon coloured Chardonnay possesses classic characteristics of the Adelaide Hills. The richness and intensity of the white peach and citrus fruits are balanced by a luscious creamy mid palate, supported by the premium Frenc...

Cracka rating0
Region: Adelaide Hills
2012 Henschke Lenswood Croft Chardonnay

2012 Henschke Lenswood Croft Chardonnay

This is a fuller style of chardy that has seen a bit of classy French oak. Smells of apples, white stone fruits, citrus and subtle florals decorate the nose, whilst the palate is medium-bodied, rounded and quite fruity, with a nice hit of nutty oa...

Cracka rating80
Region: Adelaide Hills
2013 Mr. Riggs Ein Riese Riesling

2013 Mr. Riggs Ein Riese Riesling

This aromatic little number from Mr Riggs gives a nod to the wines of Germany with his 'giant' riesling (Ein Riese means giant in German). It's citrusy, apple-like and floral, with a palate that has some richness and sweetness to it. It's all supp...

Cracka rating80
Region: Adelaide Hills
2013 Chain of Ponds Novello Cabernet Merlot

2013 Chain of Ponds Novello Cabernet Merlot

The Novello range from Chain of Ponds is a selection of wines intended for everyday drinking. At Cracka HQ we are fond of everyday drinking but responsibly of course! This is the equivalent of comfort food, a blend of Cabernet and Merlot that bala...

Cracka rating80
Region: Adelaide Hills