Blackwood Valley, Western Australia

Hillbille has predominantly been an export wine and only recently have the wines been available in this country. They have two labels, one of which is named the Signature "James Brittain".

The wines are all clean and austere, very much directed towards the European palate. Francophiles would find the Merlot in particluar very much to their taste, as that is the direction that the winemaker (Stuart Watson) has been requested to follow by the Bettridge family, the owners of the estate.

The wines have been extensively exposed in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, who traditionally have always found by far the majority of Australian wines to be slightly "too big" for their palates.

There is a particularly good Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend available at a very reasonable price.