Levantine Hill is the perfect merger of two vineyards right in the heart of the Yarra Valley.
On the one side, a vineyard producing superior grapes since the 1990s. On the other, lovingly planted family blocks right alongside a truffiére surrounding our Homestead.
Together, this combined estate is pure testament to the passion and toil of dedicated human hands and man’s tenuous relationship with the nurturing love of Mother Nature.
But it all began against the odds. The piece of the Yarra Valley we chose for our first vineyard was a hill that the experts told us was far too steep and had too many underlying rocky outcrops, making it impossible to plant viable vines.
But we saw the possible. The location was incredible, the soil profile was perfect. So with unwavering determination, and the use of a diamond-tipped drilling rig to remove the rocks, Levantine Hill began to take shape.
Today, that impossible hill is the key strength of our family vineyard, one that will only ever bottle premium wines in impeccable years.
Rising from the shores of the Yarra River at 75 meters and peaking at 225 meters above sea level, Levantine Hill vines thrive in looking out over steep clay loam slopes, at similar elevations to the Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis, France.
The slopes, amphitheatres, valleys and orientation combine to create a distinct microclimate in each paddock.
This environment, along with the ultra-low yielding vines, puts us in a unique and incredibly advantageous position compared to the rest of the valley.
This uniqueness is evident in our Estate and Family Paddocks range, drawn respectively from our Maroondah Highway and Hill Road single vineyard sites.
Award-winning Sauvignon Blanc Semillon in the style of the finest Bordeaux Blanc and a Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, reminiscent of the full-flavoured Rosado’s of Northern Spain are complex and classic, yet fresh.
Our Pinot Noir is perfumed and intensely layered, yet savoury on the palate.
Our Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah exhibit exceptional varietal characteristics and the elegance exhibited in only the most sophisticated cool-climate wines.
Although each of our varietal wines draws inspiration from their historical heartland in France, the specificity of their faithful expression of our own vineyard sites makes them highly individual and unable to be replicated anywhere else in the world.
Wonderfully, Levantine Hill’s distinctive terrain has given us delicious inroads into French black truffle production in the amphitheatre between the two hills. The truffière site is in the coolest part of the property with well-drained soil – two vital components of successful truffle cultivation.
Our complete natural environment and winemaking skills sees us determined to express our unique terroir by creating only wines of finesse, longevity and outstanding character.