Based in the Hilltops region of New South Wales, Freeman Vineyards has been on my radar for some time, mostly because they are working with Italian varieties that you don’t see very much planted in Australia. When they reached out with the offer of some samples I was thrilled, and I really appreciated the opportunity. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Freeman Rosso 2017 – RRP $20.00
Freeman Robusta 2013 – RRP $70.00
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
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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 looking at some wines from Glenguin Estate on this edition of Let’s Taste with The Intrepid Wino. For those with good memories, one of theirs was one of my top wines of 2016, so I always look forward to new releases. Shiraz is probably only second to Semillon as far as importance in the Hunter Valley, so the bar is pretty high. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Glenguin Estate ‘Stoneybroke’ Shiraz 2016 – RRP $30.00
Glenguin Estate ‘Schoolhouse Block’ Shiraz 2013 – RRP $45.00
In 2018 De Bortoli Wines is celebrating 90 years of wine history in Australia, and as a member of the third generation, Leanne De Bortoli has worked tirelessly with her winemaker husband Steve Webber to take the company to new heights. Growing up in Griffith where the business was founded by her grandfather, she and Steve helped establish their Yarra Valley-based facility in the 1980s and was instrumental in evolving the brand image to a more premium one. In a number of ways and at numerous times De Bortoli have been trend-setters in the wine industry, and as a member of Australia’s First Families of Wine they are well placed to continue producing outstanding wines and having a positive influence.
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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
I’ve tasted some wines from Shaw Vineyard Estate on Let’s Taste before, and was keen to see some new wines from them. I don’t often get the opportunity to try wines from Canberra District so this was a treat. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Shaw Vineyard Estate Riesling 2017 – RRP $30.00
Shaw Vineyard Estate Cabernet Shiraz 2015 – RRP $30.00
I love looking at wines from Glenguin Estate, mostly as I don’t often have the opportunity to taste Hunter Valley wines. To have the chance to look at the three most important styles of Semillon (the region’s champion variety) was incredible, so thanks to the Phil for sending me some samples. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Glenguin Estate Glenguin Vineyard Semillon 2017 – RRP $27.50
Glenguin Estate Cellar Release Semillon 2013 – Cellar Door Only $35.00
Glenguin Estate ‘The Sticky’ Botrytised Semillon 2017 – RRP $27.50 (375ml)
I’ve tasted a few wines from Blue Wren, but this is certainly the first Australian white port I’ve ever tasted. Here are my thoughts, let me know what you think in the comments below.
Blue Wren White Port (375ml) – RRP $25.00