Far Ago Hill Wines was established in 2003 in Canyonleigh, a southern highlands NSW locality that is emerging as a premium cool climate wine-growing region. The vineyard was planted with the intention to produce a wine equal in quality to that of the best Pinot Gris regions in Europe
Ricardo Farago and Katrina Hill toured Europe tasting different styles of Pinot Gris sourced in various regions, from the full and fruity to minerally and “funky”. They decided to search for a piece of land where they could grow their favourite white wine, and relax and enjoy a country lifestyle.
The rocky sandy loam soil on a clay base, situated 750 m above sea level, in a “rain shadow” area, is perfect for grape growing, as vines traditionally like to “struggle”. Soil, climate and the elements combine to form what the French call “terroir”. And the Canyonleigh terroir is becoming recognised as being capable of producing disease free outstanding cold climate boutique wines.
After planting, high calibre viticultural practices were implemented, including use of organic compounds, minimal irrigation and constant hand tending of the vines.
The end wine/result is due to a combination of nature, an experienced consultant, and an outstanding winemaker.
Since 2011 vintage, we have been known as Far Ago Hill Wines.
Katrina Hill grows exceptional grapes at her Canonleigh vineyard - a fruit source for numerous local producers. Her own Reserve Pinot Gris is a dazzler - rich and multilayered with lots of verve.
Another BEAUT Southern Highlands Effort Slightly complex flavours from two-year-old French oak gives the wine it's true appeal based on freshness, crispness and exceedingly dry finish.
94 points from James Halliday, Rated the highest pinot gris produced in the region, served in fine establishments.
Rich, full-bodied and dense, has power that compensate for the rather low acidity. Little elegance here, but an impressive mouthful of fruit. Tannins present but well integrated in the overall mouthfeel. Quite good length.
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