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5 Star Winery - Halliday Wine Companion
"A magnificent vineyard estate in the Yarra Valley, taking its name from the Levant, the blessed, ancient biblical lands... It all began against the odds, with experts saying the terrain was far too steep and the concealed underlying rocky outcrops would make it impossible to plant vines in such an elevated location. 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 rocks, Levantine Hill began to take perfect shape. Today, the difficult terrain is the key strength of this family vineyard, which 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 micro-climate in each paddock. This environment, along with the ultra-low yielding vines, puts us, and our vines, in an incredibly unique and advantageous position compared to the rest of the valley... Although each of our varietal wines draw inspiration from their historical heartland and strongholds 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." - Levantine Hill