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Smash-Hit Gewurz That’s Topper’s

By David Ellis, from vintnews

The NSW
New England is not a wine region we hear a lot about, yet like so many of our
other younger, smaller and sometimes off the beaten track hideaways, it’s one
that’s full of great surprises for the wine adventurer. 

Amongst
its many gems is a winery called Topper’s Mountain at Tingha near Armidale on
the New England Tablelands, one that owners Mark and Stephanie Kirby never
cease to surprise with the quality of the grapes they grow in this high
elevation (900 metres) cool climate region, and the resultant wines that are
made for them by celebrated contract maker Mike Hayes. 

Their
2015 Barrel Aged Gewurztraminer is one such drop, an absolutely top-notch
Gewurz whose aromatics are all about clouds of Turkish delight, stone fruits, a
little honey, marzipan and musk, and which couple on a creamy, fruit-laden
palate that’s also got gorgeous hints of spice, oaky tannin, acidity and has a
lovely crispy finish.

This is a
drop that’s worth every cent of its $35 price tag, and you could imagine was
custom-built to go on the table with Thai and similar Asian temptations.  

One to
note: in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, Garry and Julie Hounsell at Toolangi
Vineyards also grow their own premium fruit, and have their wines made for them
– in their case by a number of makers who are supremoes in individual
varietals. 

It’s a
philosophy that rewards all from grower to consumer as it results in wines of
wonderfully unique and distinctive personality. One such that’s just been
released is their Toolangi 2016 Rosé made from Shiraz grapes off their Dixons
Creek vineyard, and crafted for them by Dominique Portet Winery who are wizards
with Shiraz fruit. 

This is a
fantastically quaffable drop when served cold out of the fridge on a warm Summer’s
day: fresh, red berry fruits are to the fore, backed with savoury notes and
lemon zest, a hint of spice and zippy acidity. At $28, it’s great on its own,
or equally at home with everything from quiche to curries, seafood to
sandwiches and wraps. 

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