< Back to store

2016 Joseph Hill


| Become a Wine Club Member or sign in to view wine club pricing

Adelaide Hills | Eden Valley

Pale straw with lime green hues. A perfumed nose of rose blossom, lavender, Turkish delight and lychee, with nuances of musk and baking spices. The palate presents rich layers of sweet lychee, tropical fruits and floral notes, with excellent balance and depth of flavour, fine
natural acidity, and a welcome intensity that finishes long and dry.

+ -
Share the passion

Product Information

Grape varieties
  • 100% Gew├╝rztraminer
Technical Details
Bottle Size
Harvest Date
24 February & 2 March
Fermented in tank and bottled post-vintage to preserve the aromatic fruit characters.
The traminer grape originated in the Tramin region of the north-east of Italy. This variety has been grown for centuries in French Alsace and Germany. The altitude, cool climate and sandy loam and shale soils of Lenswood are brilliantly suited to this variety. Gew├╝rztraminer planted on the steep south facing Lenswood slopes lends beautiful aromatics and complexity to the traditional Eden Valley old fashioned rose petal flavours. Named in tribute to Joseph Hill Thyer who pioneered the first vines on this property in the early 1900s.
Serving Temperature
Cellaring potential
Excellent vintage, 15+ years (from vintage)
Download tasting notes
2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999

Vintage Description

The 2016 vintage began with below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm and dry spring, which enhanced flowering and set to provide average to above-average yield
potential. Low disease pressure was maintained by one of the hottest Decembers on record, though temperatures cooled down in the New Year and rainfall around veraison in late
January/early February brought relief to our early-ripening varieties in the Adelaide Hills, resulting in excellent conditions for natural acid retention and clean fruit. This was
followed by further rainfall in early March, which eased the stress on the late-ripening
varieties, allowing them to mature towards a predicted earlier harvest due to an early Easter moon. Open, light and airy vine canopies allowed for good flavour, sugar, colour and mature tannins to develop at harvest, which was overall characterised by average yields but very high quality.


Recommended Food Pairing


Tony Love Adelaide Advertiser

November, 2016

"...80 per cent Adelaide Hills and 20 per cent Eden Valley, the Lenswood portion lending beautiful aromatics and complexity to the traditional Eden Valley rose petal characters. In the glass these exhibit as pretty jasmine florals then a lovely, richly textured palate with fabulous jasmine tea and lingering lychee flavours."

James Halliday Halliday Wine Companion Magazine

"Pale quartz; the fascinating question is where this wine will head with time in the bottle - Alsace is no help whatsoever. Here the floral spice and blossom aromas lead into a delicately poised and framed palate devoid of phenolics, but with good acidity. The points are for today."