Topper’s Mountain Red Earth Child 2009

This label is an unusual combination of petit verdot, barbera, nebbiolo and tannat from vineyards planted at altitude (900m) in the northerly Australian region of New England.  These are all grape varieties that I am quite fond of severally, but thrown together, I remain somewhat unconvinced on this tasting.

The wine is a medium(+) intensity ruby colour in the glass, and opens to muted aromatics of herbs and tinned plums.  On the second day, aromas of violets and a dustier character emerge.  On the palate medium(+) acidity gives the wine good line and length and is complemented by somewhat rustic tannins, pippy flavours, pepper, cloves and modest length.  I felt the wine at its most balanced expression on day two, but overall lacking some complexity, tending toward being a bit plain.  Certainly acceptable drinking here, it will appeal to those looking for something a bit different.  Acceptable

Abv: 13.4%
Price: $38
Source: sample
Tasted: September 2012

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