NEW South Wales is home to some great wineries, but wine lovers simply can’t go past Topper’s Mountain, situated in the cool climate region of New England.
As one of Australia’s newest emerging grapegrowing regions, it’s one that produces high quality wines including two of Topper’s Mountain’s new releases – the much-lauded 2013 Topper’s Mountain Gewürztraminer and the 2011 Topper’s Mountain Red Earth Child.
The winery’s vineyard sits at a 900-metre elevation in the deep red volcanic soils above the MacIntyre and Gwydir rivers.
2013 Topper’s Mountain Gewürztraminer
The newly released Topper’s Mountain Gewürztraminer has received much praise, winning a number of trophies at the 2013 New England Wine Show, including the joint trophy for the best wine of the show and the best white wine of the show.
Gewürztraminer has a real affinity with the New England region.
2014 marks the second year running that the Topper’s Mountain Gewürztraminer was awarded the best white of the show and the best aromatic white wine of the show.
“We take inspiration from Alsace for our Gewürz,” Toppers Mountain owner and vigneron Mark Kirkby said.
“We aim for headily and distinctively aromatic and spicy, textural without oiliness and a fine line of acidity.”
2011 Topper’s Mountain Red Earth Child
Topper’s Mountain flagship red wine, the Red Earth Child is a blend of Nebbiolo, Shiraz, Tempranillo and Tannat.
Kirkby said the Red Earth Child comprises a different percentage of the company’s available varieties each year depending upon the vintage.
The winemaking team’s aim was to create the best red blend possible from the vineyard, reflecting a ‘sense of place’, whilst maintaining stylistic integrity.
“The 2011 vintage was a very cool one, with only 12 days over 30 degrees. Along with frosts and rain, the crop was well down on previous years,” Kirkby explained.
“In saying that, the wine has captured the vineyard’s rich flavours and assertive tannins which are characteristic of this blend.
“Blending the components was a time consuming, but fun exercise. The whole is not necessarily the sum of the parts, particularly when dealing with cool climate grapes with high TAs and low pHs except for the Tempranillo.”
He said it is a wine which opens up with air, so some time in a decanter works well.