Coldstream Hills

Established: 1985

Location:Lot 6 Maddens Lane, Coldstream, a few km north of the township.

Winemaker: James Halliday.

Important Varietals: Chardonnay, Cabernet/Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.

Personal Comments:

James Halliday took quite a punt when he opened this winery and would have been on a real loser if the resultant wines had been even slightly average. This is not because Halliday doesn't know anything about the winemaking process, on the contrary, he knows quite a lot. It's just that before this venture his major connection with the wine industry was as a wine critic. And this would have left him wide open to criticism himself if he didn't produce. He did and the results are quite excellent. I believe that the wines are getting hard to find as their reputation spreads. What I find hard to find is the money in my wallet to pay for them - they tend to be outside my price range these days. But that's fairly standard for the top-flight Yarra Valley wineries anyway.

Recent vintages worth considering:

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Last modified: March 30, 2001.