Coldstream Hills prides itself for having access to many of the best vineyards. Back in the late 1980s, James Halliday introduced single vineyard wines to Coldstream Hills and demonstrated their unique styles. The tradition recommenced in 2009 with the release of the Single Vineyard range.
It was pinot noir that directly led James Halliday's move from Sydney to Melbourne, (reluctantly) severing his ties with Brokenwood, and commencing Coldstream Hills in 1985. A further link was forged when he became Chairman of the inaugural Tasmanian Wines Show in 1991. Over the ensuing years he has tasted close to 1500 Tasmanian pinot noirs, in many cases watching their development over two, three and four or more years as they are re-entered in successive shows. He says “Luckily, I don’t have to choose between the Yarra Valley and Tasmania. Tasmanian Pinot is Australia’s answer to New Zealand’s Central Otago, the Yarra Valley producing more feline, elegant wines that can develop over 20 years, exemplified by the 1991 and 1992 Coldstream Hills Pinot Noirs that are still drinking superbly.”