Standing at the Glenarty Road gate to the vineyard property, three distinct hills unfold before you to offer a patchwork of native flora, soil types and climatic nuances. It is this variety that provides so much choice when selecting the small parcels of fruit that are skilfully blended together to make the final collection each vintage.
Three Hills is our highest calling in grape growing and winemaking; combining science and artistry to create wines that embody the cool climate elegance of our Karridale vineyard. Taking pride of place as our top tier offering in the portfolio, this range represents the very best fruit, from the very best sections of the vineyard, during the very best vintages. We give meticulous attention to that which nature provides throughout every stage of vinification. With judicious use of the finest oak we ensure that native aromas and flavours are enhanced and fortified for early enjoyment as well as long-term cellaring potential.
The extreme southwest around Augusta and Karridale has dry summers, however average humidity is quite high and the vines do not stress as readily as they do further north. The fruit matures two to four weeks later in March and April. An absence of daytime heat in autumn means favourable conditions to ripen all varieties, from early to late, i.e. Pinot Noir through to Cabernet Sauvignon, with a fine chance of producing exceptional wine across the board. This is highly unusual in the world of viticulture. Another overall beneficial characteristic is the soils at the property, these hold sufficient winter rain to supply the vines during the critical period of the growing season, drying out at a time that is optimal for ripening and flavour concentration. No irrigation is required and nature is allowed to create its own impression.
Great winemaking is not all about science. It is influenced by creative flair and gut instinct; mysterious contributions which are not easily explained. In much the same way that not all cooks can make a world class meal from the same ingredients and recipe; the very best wines are not merely the result of following scientific procedure. The winemaker is also an artist who exerts his imagination on the possibilities presented to him when the harvest comes in. Happs winemaker Mark Warren is the perfect custodian of the Three Hills fruit. Hands-on and thoughtful in his approach; Mark is a guide in the winemaking process, ensuring that the flavours of the vineyard retain their own voice.
The Three Hills collection of wines is a stunning attribute to single varietals as well as complex blends: Chardonnay, Eva Marie, Charles Andreas, Shiraz, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Nebbiolo, Grenache Shiraz Mataro, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Grenache.