"...Chardonnay that’s creamy in the mouth" Gary Walsh“Ingram Road is the second label of Helen’s Hill Estate, which has a sizeable vineyard, winery and restaurant in the Coldstream area. I’ve found the white wines to be particularly good. This inexpensive chardonnay, from a standout vintage, is great value for money and, being uncluttered by oak and artefact, makes great summer drinking. It tastes unwooded and positively sings with brightness and energy. Youthful light-yellow in hue, it has fresh cashew and almond aromas, with passionfruit and grapefruit touches. It’s very youthful, clean and restrained on the tongue; light and tight with very modest alcohol and great drinkability. Drink now to four years.” Huon Hooke’s Wine of the Week. Sydney Morning Herald
Ingram Road Chardonnay 2010 $18–$20 Helen’s Hill Vineyard, Coldstream, Yarra Valley, Victoria Ingram Road is the second label of Helen’s Hill Estate. Like the premium wine, it’s estate grown. Winemaker Scott McCarthy says it’s wild yeast fermented in a mix of new (10 per cent) and older French oak barrels, undergoes a partial, spontaneous, malo-lactic fermentation and matures in barrel for about 10 months. Those winemaking inputs simply add spice and texture to a stunningly fresh, vibrant chardonnay based on delicious, citrus and white-peach varietal flavours. Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times.
Ingram Rd is the second label of Helen’s Hill. A quieter, more gentle style of Chardonnay that’s creamy in the mouth with light melon, citrus and vanilla flavours. Decent length and balance. There seems to be a touch of sweetness that may (or may not) enhance its commercial appeal – which is no bad thing, just duly noted. Solid quality. Rated : 89 Points Tasted : Apr11 Alcohol : 12.3% Price : $18 Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2011 – 2013. Gary Walsh, The Winefront.
This is the estate-grown and made second label of Helen's Hill Estate, home to an excellent restaurant open Thursday through Sunday for lunch and dinner and set on a typically beautiful Yarra Valley site. Grapes are hand-picked, pressed and taken directly to French oak for wild yeast fermentation, followed by extensive lees stirring (battonage). The result is a delicious and vivacious wine, with just the right flavour balance between grapefruit and white-fleshed stone fruit, the finish long and clean, the acidity precisely judged, oak discreetly in the background. A very good vintage. The wine is an each-way proposition: now or in 5 years. Rating: 93 Drink By: 2016 Price: $18.00 Date Tasted: 09 Jun 2011 Alcohol: 12.3%. James Halliday
"from a standout vintage, is great value for money" Huon Hooke
"...a delicious and vivacious wine" James Halliday