Petit Manseng or Gros Manseng? While we believed we planted Petit Manseng fifteen years ago, the new DNA research conducted by Wine Australia showed that all planting material that has been imported to Australia is actually Gros Manseng.
What’s the difference? Both varieties have very small berries (Petit smaller than Gros), both share intensive ripe citrus and floral aromatic profile and mainly both are high in natural acid. Whatever Petit or Gros, our Manseng delivers juicy, fresh with unmistakable tension and high flavour concentration resulting in very long ageing potential.
Our Manseng shows fresh aromas of orange blossom and citrus peel, juicy flavours of ripe citruses and honey with unmistakable tension between naturally high acidity and rich flavour concentration resulting in a very long aging potential. Perfect wine to be drank by the glass but it provides enough texture to accompany wide range of food.”
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, Aug 2020 “Such a good wine, this. A strong assertion of individuality by Topper’s. Very aromatic, muted floral notes, green apple, nashi pear, cashew nuts and exotic spice. Beautiful perfume. Slippery texture that rolls exceptionally long and to a nice, neat pucker. Coursing acidity of lemon-lime and saline character, so minerally and fresh. This is a feast for the senses but wildly complex and compelling too. Stunning white wine.”
Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass
The Zalto Universal glass is recommended for richer, oaked Sauvignon Blancs such as Hughes & Hughes Barrel & Skins, white Graves or Semillon/Sauvignon blends as well as young and non-vintage Champagne. The Zalto Universal is a very good 'all-rounder', designed for all types of wine but in our opinion may not maximize the potential of certain wines quite as much as the Bordeaux or Burgundy glass.
New England is unlike any other wine producing region in Australia. In a country which NASA declared ‘the flattest in the world’ we find a wine producing region situated at over 1000m above sea level, putting them at a similar altitude to the peak of Mount Snowdon! This provides a cool climate, with soils and topography which work perfectly for the mostly Mediterranean grape varieties that the team at Topper’s Mountain focus on growing here.
Topper’s Mountain is our first, exclusive winery from New England which is an exciting, re-emerging wine region with a captivating history dating back as far as the first settlers, who began planting vineyards and making wine there due to the difficulties in transporting alcohol from other major centres.
The Topper’s vineyard was founded in by Mark Kirkby 1998 and sits at 900m ASL, meaning that despite sitting much closer to the equator than most of the world’s viticulture, they are still bestowed with cool nights, low maximum temperatures and a generally continental climate. These all combine to create wines of great elegance and fruit definition which are more comparable to wines grown a thousand kilometres or more from the equator. Winemaker, Mike Hayes says, “My philosophy is to express the terroir of the vineyard and not the barrel maker from the south of France. I feel that great wine comes from great vineyards, not great winemakers. I also feel that to capture the flavour of the earth and express it in the bottle is a far greater challenge than manufacturing wine in the lab.”
Vigneron and owner Mark Kirkby and manager Jan Toborsky provide a fascinating insight into life and winemaking at Topper’s Mountain in our introductory conversation which you can read here.
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