Andrew Guard

2017 Hills Blend #1 (Pinot Blanc), Elderslie

This vineyard is very well suited to white varieties, it consistently ripens about a week to ten days behind other sites in the mid valley of the Hills. This is due mainly to the cold air drainage to the site. The Granite parent rock along with interspersed quartz was always of interest too. This site is all about fine mineral acidity. This cracking Pinot Blanc displays zesty, floral verve finishing dry and crisp; it is delicious!

Elderslie is the new wine project of Adam Wadewitz and Nicole Roberts (pictured above) I have known Nicole for many years as she was a stalwart of the Sydney wine trade in the late 90's and I met Adam more recently when we both were at the National Wine Show in Canberra. He was then working as the head winemaker for Best's Great Western and soon after moved across to Shaw and Smith in the Adelaide Hills to assume the same role. He has been behind some of contemporary Australia's leading wines.

When Nicole and Adam approached me to handle their wines in Sydney I jumped at it. These have everything I like in wine - expression, vibrancy, harmony, balance - it's all there and they are very much made in the non-interventionist manner as you will read below