Established in 1975 by Ron and Elva Laughton, Jasper Hill is located in the Heathcote region in Central Victoria. The quality of the Jasper Hill wines are largely responsible for putting the Heathcote district on the viticultural map and the enviable reputation that the region now enjoys.
Our wines are produced entirely on the estate using organic/biodynamic principles. We produce our own organic compost and have never used synthetic chemicals on either the vines or the soils, since our vineyards were planted in 1975. Viticultural practices are as close to nature as we can get them: own rooted vines (ie. not grafted on to American rootstocks to confer Phylloxera resistance), no irrigation whatsoever, minimal tillage, natural inter-row mulching leading to broad bio-diversity, in turn giving depth and intensity to our wines. Only hand pruning of the vines and hand harvesting of the fruit can allow us the human connection to our living soil.
96 Points Robert Parker - This wine is spectacularly concentrated and represents an exceptional expression of cooler climate Australian Shiraz. The profound 2003 Shiraz Emily’s Paddock includes 5% Cabernet Franc in the blend, and is an extraordinary wine meant for true connoisseurs of Australian wine. Aged completely in French oak (of which 23% was new), it offers a beautiful floral-scented perfume interwoven with aromas of blueberries, blackberries, asphalt, and subtle notes of wood as well as incense. Possessing great structure, compelling depth, remarkable intensity and richness, and a 60-second finish, this compelling wine of both power and elegance should hit its prime in 3-4 years, and last for two decades. Bravo!