The Hilltops region may be best known for its Shiraz and Cabernet, but increasingly its Italian varieties are shining bright. Latest top performer is FREEMAN Nebbiolo 2016 rated No.4 in Australia’s Top 2016 Nebbiolos by The Real Review.
‘A very smart Nebb…’ says wine writer Huon Hooke who commends its bouquet ‘earthy, meaty and forward, soft and mellowing, with a twist of the peppercorn grinder; palate medium-bodied and savoury with a light kick of firm tannin at the end. A suggestion of raspberry jam and a sweet fruit core. Decent length.’
Other Hilltops vineyards producing tip-top Nebbiolo include Ballinaclash, Grove Estate, Moppity and Trandari.
Hilltops Inc., the representative organisation for the NSW Hilltops wine region, has a new President, Brian Freeman, vigneron, winemaker and proprietor of FREEMAN Vineyards.
Brian was previously professor of wine science at Charles Sturt University and established his family vineyard in the Hilltops region near Young in 1999. Brian has taught many Australian winemakers and his first wine under the FREEMAN brand was released in 2004.
‘The Hilltops is still a relatively young wine region, rapidly growing a reputation for both wine quality and versatility. So many red varieties thrive in this cool, elevated location, from shiraz and cabernet to nebbiolo and sangiovese.
‘More and more wine explorers are finding their way here, visiting our cellar doors and discovering our award-winning wines.’
Brian takes over from grape grower Peter Creyke, dedicated President of the association for the past eight years.
Two Hilltops wine producers are rated a prestigious FIVE STARS in the just published HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2021 – drum roll for FREEMAN VINEYARDS and MOPPITY VINEYARDS. Two other vineyards are also included – Barwang and Grove Estate.
Of particular note is the varietal diversity of the top-rated – mostly red wines – from the region’s classic varietal heroes Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon to Tempranillo, Merlot, Nebbiolo and Sangiovese.
The Companion tasting team assessed over 9000 wines from over 1100 wineries.