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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…Continue readingTopper’s Mountain Bricolage Rouge New England 2014

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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.…Continue readingTopper’s Mountain Gewürtztraminer New England 2016

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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…Continue readingTopper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Petit Manseng New England 2016

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Topper’s Mountain New England Nebbiolo 2014

Topper’s Mountain in New England have produced an approachable rendition of nebbiolo in the 2014 vintage.  It opens to aromatics of florals and red fruits. The palate has pleasant if dialled back acidity and grip.  Ready to drink now, this wine can be approached over the next 5 years.  Rating: Good. Abv: 13.4%. Price: $20+.…Continue readingTopper’s Mountain New England Nebbiolo 2014

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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…Continue readingTopper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Tannat 2013

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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…Continue readingTopper’s Mountain Bricolage Blanc 2015

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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) Read more: toppers.com.au Other…Continue readingTopper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Tempranillo New England 2012

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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…Continue readingTopper’s Mountain Barrel Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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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…Continue readingTopper’s Mountain Barrel Aged Gewürtztraminer 2015

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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: GoodAbv: 13.5%Price: $35Source: sampleVendors and website: http://www.toppers.com.auTasted:…Continue readingTopper’s Mountain New England Gewürtztraminer 2015

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Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Nebbiolo 2013

I attended a Barolo and Barbaresco tasting a week or so ago, and it’s fair to say the average quality was remarkably high.  A sort of nebbiolo “oh I get it” moment.  This is an Australian version of nebbiolo from Topper’s Mountain in New England.  It’s a lighter expression of nebbiolo with some attractive characters.…Continue readingTopper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Nebbiolo 2013

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Topper’s Mountain Red Earth Child 2012

I will hazard a guess that this is the only blend of tempranillo, tannat, nebbiolo and barbera on Australian shelves.  This blend not only combines grape varieties not usually combined, but traverses the traditions of three countries (Spain, Italy and France) in doing so.  A sort of fusion wine.  Happily, this is not the sort…Continue readingTopper’s Mountain Red Earth Child 2012