Tag: New England

Topper’s Mountain Bricolage Rouge New England 2014

Topper’s Mountain’s Bricolage Rouge is an unorthodox blend of tempranillo, nebbiolo, tannat and shiraz.  Ruby in colour, its aroma reminds of red fruits, smoke and minerals. The palate is medium bodied, with some chalky tannin and good length, and flavours reminding of red fruit, with a savoury, almost Italianate sour cherry aspect.  The winemaker sure can blend, as these are not obvious blending partners.  This is an enjoyable and very good wine that is ready to drink now.  Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $30. Source: Sample.

Topper’s Mountain Gewürtztraminer New England 2016

Gewürtztraminer is distinctively aromatic, and this wine is no exception.  It has resolute aromas of lychee that can only be gewürtz.  The palate is dry, there’s a freshness to the acidity and the impression is enveloping and broad.  This is a well made and very typical expression of gewürtztraminer that is ready to drink now.  Rating: Good. Abv: 13.9%. Price: $35. Source: Sample.

Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Petit Manseng New England 2016

This is a really interesting wine made from the south western French grape variety, petit manseng.  The minerally and saline aroma in fact called to mind an attractive Sicilian carricante, and it is of interest to note that the grapes are grown at 900 metres on volcanic soils. The palate is dry, medium bodied and has a racy and minerally acidity that is both saline and moreish.  This is a wine that will go very well with seafood or as a by the glass option, and is a very enjoyable release.  Rating: Good. Abv: 13.8%. Price: $35. Source: Sample.

Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Tannat 2013

This wine is both an unusual variety for Australia – tannat – and is big, weighing in at 15.8%abv.  It is a little wild for me.  Its aroma reminds of cooked prunes and is meaty and primal.  The palate is tannic and a little drying (this is tannat after all, a prodigiously and easy to remember tannic variety), whilst the fruit has a pomegranate like character that won’t be for everyone.  Rating: Acceptable. Abv: 15.8%. Price: $38. Source: Sample.

Topper’s Mountain Bricolage Blanc 2015

This wine has a bit of everything in it.  Oaked chardonnay, oaked sauvignon blanc, gewürztraminer and petit manseng.  I can imagine the blending sessions were a lot of fun, or challenging or both.  From New England in northern New South Wales, the Topper’s Mountain capsule has Italian style paper wrapping which makes the initial pour a little impractical as the sticker seeks, with some determination, to attach itself to the glass.  The wine itself, though, is a good one.  The gewurtz makes the dominant impression on the nose, with its distinctive siren song of lychees.  The palate is relatively round and approachable and also gewurtz influenced, but there is a steely backbone too from the higher acid varieties in the blend, namely the sauvignon blanc and petit manseng.  A well put together blend that is approachable now.  Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $30. Source: Sample.

Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Tempranillo New England 2012

This tempranillo from Topper’s Mountain in New England has a certain likeable exuberance to it.  Its aromas remind of sweet cherry, game and plum and are almost pinot noir like.  The palate is balanced with gluggable sweet ripe fruit.  Like.  (Region: New England, Rating: Good, Drink: now, Tasted: July, 2017, Source: Sample)

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Topper’s Mountain Barrel Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2013

This wine is what the label says: a barrel fermented sauvignon blanc.  It has citrus, cedar and peachy aromatics that remind of chardonnay.  The palate has lychee, passionfruit and pineapple juice tropical juice flavours that are very pure and dare I say accurate, if unusually so.  There’s good length on the finish, but the cedar assists this.  The oak plays an important role in this wine, which will either divide or please as fits your palate.  (Region: New England, New South Wales, Rating: Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? It’s well made, but not a style I seek out, Drink: now, Tasted: May, 2017, Source: 
Sample)

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Topper’s Mountain Barrel Aged Gewürtztraminer 2015

Gewürtztraminer has little profile in Australia, but Topper’s Mountain in New England have produced not one, but two styles in the 2015 vintage.  They are both good too.  The “barrel fermented” gewürtz reviewed here presents with lychee, candy and smoke at the edges.  The palate is dry, with a full body and good length.  There’s a mineral edge too.  A really rather good wine and exactly like gewürtz should be. (Region: New England, New South Wales Rating: Good to Very Good, Drink: now)

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Vintage Rating Review
2015 (Gewürtztraminer)
Good
2014
Good to Very Good

Source: sample

Topper’s Mountain New England Gewürtztraminer 2015

This is a lovely gewürtz from Topper’s Mountain in New England, a grape variety that sees little attention in Australia.  It has aromatics of Turkish delight, ginger and spice with a mineral backdrop.  The palate is full bodied with good length, flavour and balance.  A good release.

Rating: Good
Abv: 13.5%
Price: $35
Source: sample
Vendors and website: http://www.toppers.com.au
Tasted: 2016