Toppers Mountain Wines Wild Ferment 2016 Petit Manseng

Two things to note:

If you read the web site you would have noticed I said that there may be an occasional review of a New England GI Wine here. I wrote that especially as I had this excellent vineyard in mind, a vineyard that has seen some extremely hard times recently and one that unreservedly deserves our support.

The other thing is that this variety is actually Gros Manseng, follow this link to read the CSIRO discovery -> Gros Manseng

What a beautiful looking 5 year old wine in the glass. There has been a little development from when I first tasted this wine in the winter of 2018. It now has slightly dense straw colours with glints of gold and some greenish hues.2016 petit manseng It’s not often that I encounter some inviting ginger redolences in a white wine bouquet but they are unmistakably present here, there is also a little zippy sherbet thing happening with a spice background and some dried herb and pot pourri.

A palatal caress with a long centred line of acid and and blossoming around this there is a slightly sour pithy stone fruit taste spiked with some of that redolent ginger and a cardamon/cinnamon/white pepper and some marmalade like flavours. There is the beginning of some honeyed nuances however the exit is quite lip smacking and it introduces some flavours I can only link to the red volcanic soils of this picturesque vineyard. A well made beautifully balanced wine that will still live long, I’d love to taste this as a 10 year old.

I first encountered this vineyard in a visit during July 2018. A local John Drew from Inverell was our tasting guide and he treated us to a lovely experience, including driving us around the entire vineyard and then relaxing on a small verandah with a somewhat hedonistic platter of cheeses, fruits and meats to aid us tasting through the entire Toppers Mountain range.

Tasted: Saturday 27th March, 2021 without food and then with over several hours.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $35
Suggested Drinking Window: now to 2028
Winemaker: Mike Hayes
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Posted by Peter Pacey

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