Hilltops is located around the town of Young, approximately 180 km north west of Canberra. With an altitude of 500 metres above sea level, the region has a distinctly continental climate characterised by hot days and cool nights. Soils vary with yellow crackling clays, basalt and decomposed granite - all contributing unique characteristics to the wines.
A wine with a bright, expressive display of crushed red fruits, rose petals and refined five spice. The palate is full of sweet red fruits, and brown cooking spices while being framed by its elegant structure of whole bunches, fine acidity and French oak.
The grapes were hand picked and whole bunch fermented with 0.5% Viognier. The ferment was allowed to initialise itself under a wild fermentation before being inoculated half way through fermentation to allow for a complex, even fermentation. The wine was then matured in 500 litre puncheons for 12 months being being lightly filtered into bottle.
The fruit for this wine is sourced from a single vineyard in Gundagai, on the banks of the famous Murrimbidgee River. It is a unique, hungry site with rich quartz speckled through alluvial soil, and a strong continental climate. Considered one of the best vintages ever. Perfect ripening conditions, often...
TASTING NOTES Lifted spice, red fruits, plums, briar, long velvety palate that perfectly expresses Pinot Noir. WINEMAKERS NOTES 30% whole bunches included in ferment, 2 tonne small ferments from various blocks in two vineyards. Natural fermentation, long and bright palate.
Hand picked from a small vineyard in the cool climate of the Hilltops region, grown on sandy red soils. A small component of whole bunches were left during fermentation.The wine spent 27 days on skins post ferment and then transfered directly to old 500 litre puncheons for 12 months maturation....