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The Quest for Perfection

We are on a quest to perfect the Clover Hill style – expressive of place and varietal combination, delivering consistency and pure enjoyment.

Under our multi-vintage philosophy, we focus on managing a reserve wine program that allows us to consistently produce wines of elegance and excellence.

This approach allows us to work to an ethos built on reliability, nuance, and trust to create a highly desirable Clover Hill house style.

How it Works

We use four reserve wines – on yeast lees in tank and bottle combined with reserves in oak – large format oak – Foudre and stainless steel.

Holding the reserve on yeast lees enhances freshness and vibrancy with the benefit of reducing the use of preservatives (S02).

The oaked components enhance and contribute both viscosity and mouthfeel to the wines.

This evolution will position Clover Hill as the leading premium sparkling house in the world. Our house style is creamy, chardonnay-driven aperitif style with unique vibrance, freshness and complexity through base blend and component reserve aging.

Our wines will continue to be made in the traditional method, but our Sparkling wine story is way more interesting than just ‘time on lees’.

This philosophy allows us to combine techniques such as ageing in small and large format oak and tank in the traditional way. Base wine held under pressure, in both tank and tirage will enhance mouthfeel and aromatics.

Aging our base wine via low-pressure tirage preserves their quality and vibrancy, culminating in the creation of our Reserver du Vin Clover Hill. This reserve wine will comprise of a percentage of each new release.

Bottles of Clover Hill Exceptionnelle and Rose
Meet the Maker
Robert Heywood
Chief Winemaker

Robert Heywood

Growing up in Victoria’s Western District, on Robert’s first trip abroad to the UK and Europe, he found a love of wine. Developing a thirst for wine knowledge saw Robert embark on studies in Viticulture and Wine Making when he returned home from his gap year abroad. Robert’s professional experience has taken him from the warm, continental climate of the…