Completing a series looking at new releases from Topper’s Mountain are two reds that are quite intriguing. I’m excited to look at Topper’s Mountain wines for a number of regions. Firstly they are from a wine region that you don’t see very often. Secondly they are working with some very interesting alternative varieties. Thirdly they are making the wines in sometimes experimental ways, and blending varieties that don’t often get blended together. Let me know what you think of my impressions of these wines below, and please get in contact if you’d like to submit samples.
Topper’s Mountain ‘Bricolage Rouge’ 2014 – RRP $30.00
Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Nebbiolo 2014 – RRP $38.00
Petit Manseng is a grape variety that originates in South-West France and is commonly used to make a late harvest sweet wine. The vine has been in Australia for the better part of 40 years, arriving long before many of the new alternative varieties were here. Topper’s Mountain Wines produce one of the more interesting dry Petit Manseng wines, and on this edition of Let’s Taste I look at the 2016 vintage. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Petit Manseng 2016 – LUC $35.00
Website – http://toppers.com.au
The Intrepid Wino
I always appreciate a winery that supports what I do and continues to send me samples to open on camera. Topper’s Mountain Wines is one of these wineries; they have continued to send me bottles since I was the Fellow for the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show in 2016. Gewürztraminer is an important grape for Topper’s Mountain, as they make several different varietal wines with it. Here are two from the 2016 vintage, let me know what you think in the comments below.
Topper’s Mountain Gewürztraminer 2016 – LUC $35.00
Topper’s Mountain Barrel Ferment Gewürztraminer 2016 – LUC $35.00
Not for the first time I’m tasting samples sent from Topper’s Mountain, New England NSW based producer of some alternative wines. I’m fascinated by this region as I don’t see much else from there, and the TM crew are doing some really cool things up there. Let me know what you think of the latest edition of Let’s Taste, I’d love to hear from you and appreciate you subscribing to the Intrepid Wino channel.
Topper’s Mountain Bricolage Blanc 2015 – RRP $30.00
Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Tannat 2013 – RRP $38.00
Not the first time I’ve tasted Toppers Mountain wines on the channel, but the first time I’ve tasted some of their red wines. Toppers Mountain – located in the northern New South Wales region of New England – are known for their use of alternative varieties. They do however produce some more prominent international varieties, so here I can compare their approach to two grapes!
Toppers Mountain Tempranillo 2012 – RRP $32.00
Toppers Mountain Tempranillo 2013 – RRP $30.00
Website – http://www.toppers.com.au
The Intrepid Wino
On the day that I tasted my first Topper’s Mountain wine while at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2016, I also received an email from the winery asking if I’d be keen to try some recent releases of their wines, which I was very keen to do. Topper’s Mountain is based in the New England region of Northern New South Wales, the most recently recognised Geographic Indicator in Australia. They are working with quite a few different grape varieties, including many emerging examples like tannat. On this edition of Let’s Taste I looked at two of their white wines which are more in the realm of alternative style rather than variety.
Topper’s Mountain Barrel Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – RRP $30.00
Topper’s Mountain Barrel Aged Gewürztraminer 2015 – RRP $35.00
Topper’s Mountain Barrel Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2013 & Barrel Aged Gewürztraminer 2013