Topper’s Mountain Bricolage Rouge New England 2014

Topper‚Äôs Mountain‚Äôs 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 sureContinue reading “Topper’s Mountain Bricolage Rouge New England 2014”

Topper’s Mountain Gew√ľrtztraminer New England 2016

Gew√ľrtztraminer is distinctively aromatic, and this wine is no exception. ¬†It has resolute aromas of lychee that can only be gew√ľrtz. ¬†The palate is dry, there‚Äôs a freshness to the acidity and the impression is enveloping and broad. ¬†This is a well made and very typical expression of gew√ľrtztraminer that is ready to drink now.Continue reading “Topper’s Mountain Gew√ľrtztraminer New England 2016”

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 andContinue reading “Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Petit Manseng New England 2016”

Topper’s Mountain New England Nebbiolo 2014

Topper‚Äôs 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 reading “Topper’s Mountain New England Nebbiolo 2014”

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 toContinue reading “Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Tannat 2013”

Topper’s Mountain Bricolage Blanc 2015

This wine has a bit of everything in it. ¬†Oaked chardonnay, oaked sauvignon blanc, gew√ľrztraminer 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 pourContinue reading “Topper’s Mountain Bricolage Blanc 2015”