TOP AUSTRALIAN WINERIES

TOP AUSTRALIAN WINERIES

The Real Review crew annual TOP AUSTRALIAN WINERIES ratings are just out.  The list is impressive and long and includes three Hilltops wine companies – FREEMAN Vineyards, Grove Estate and Moppity Vineyards.  That’s punching high considering the Real Review list represents the Top 18% creme de la creme of our nation’s wine companies.  The rating system is based on accumulated wine scores and highlights companies with portfolios that excel.
So congrats to the Hilltops trio!

www.hilltopswine.com.au

www.freemanvineyards.com.au

www.groveestate.com.au

www.moppityvineyards.com.au

SAVOUR HILLTOPS WINE 2022

SAVOUR HILLTOPS WINE 2022

The vignerons of the HILLTOPS REGION are looking forward to pouring their award-winning and new release wines in Spring in Canberra.

Mark the date now!  There will be two pre-ticketed tasting sessions and a terrific selection of Hilltops wines poured by their makers.

Souvenir glass and local produce grazing platters… More details to follow soon.

TOP CELLAR DOOR AWARD 2022 – FREEMAN VINEYARDS

TOP CELLAR DOOR AWARD 2022 – FREEMAN VINEYARDS

Gourmet Traveller Wine has just announced its annual national awards for Australia’s TOP CELLAR DOORS.

Winner of STAR CELLAR DOOR and BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE goes to… FREEMAN VINEYARDS a family winery that specialises in wines made from Italian origin varieties.  The flagship FREEMAN Secco made from Australia’s original plantings of Rondinella and Corvina leads a portfolio that includes Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Rosé, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo.

Bespoke personal tastings are held in a rustic Cellar Door usually conducted by winemaker proprietor Brian Freeman.  The tastings are seated and include a complimentary cheese and charcuterie plate.
Bookings are essential.  Email: sales@freemanvineyards.com.au

www.freemanvineyards.com.au

TALKING HILLTOPS GRAPES – THE ITALIAN STALLIONS

The Hilltops Region (near Young) in NSW is increasingly seen as Australia’s ‘Little Italy’…for grapes. Think Nebbiolo and Sangiovese, Rondinella and Corvina – and most recently Fiano. Hear more about the origins of the region’s affinity for these varieties and wines on this podcast. Compere Jillian Upton of The Australian Wine Show talks with Brian Freeman founder of FREEMAN Vineyards…

2021 HILLTOPS WINE OF THE YEAR

2021 HILLTOPS WINE OF THE YEAR

Hilltops Wine Awards 2021:  Winners of Peter Robertson Trophy – Jill and Michael Bynon, Corang Estate.

HILLTOPS HERO

2021 WINE OF THE YEAR – CORANG ESTATE HILLTOPS SHIRAZ 2019

The Hilltops wine region is arguably best known for its shiraz grapes and wines, and again this year the variety triumphed at the 2021 Hilltops Wine Show.

The 2021 Hilltops Wine of the Year and Peter Robertson Trophy has been awarded to Corang Estate Hilltops Shiraz 2019, the highest pointed and Gold Medal winning wine in Class 5.

Other high performing shiraz wines were McWilliams 660 Hilltops Reserve Shiraz 2018, Calabria Pierre d’Amour Shiraz 2018, Hungerford Hill Hilltops Shiraz 2019 and McWilliams 1877 Shiraz 2018.

Chair of Judges Gwyn Olsen singled out the shiraz class for its consistency of style and high calibre.

‘The Hilltops traditional hero red varieties are shiraz and cabernet,’ commented Hilltops Wine President, Brian Freeman.  ‘Increasingly, winemakers from other regions are attracted to the quality of Hilltops cool climate grapes and are forging new expressions that impress.’

‘Hilltops grapes will again be in strong demand in 2022 and we look forward to seeing more out-of-region producers featuring Hilltops GI wines in their portfolios.’

Corang Estate in the NSW Southern Tablelands is a relatively young brand established by Jill and Michael Bynon.  Their own sustainable vineyard was planted in 2018 to shiraz and tempranillo and they harvested their first crop in 2021.

‘We are delighted to be able to source grapes from the Hilltops and this award will be a significant boost to our brand development,’ said Jill Bynon.

HILLTOPS OPENING CELLAR DOORS

HILLTOPS OPENING CELLAR DOORS

Heading to the NSW Hilltops for fresh air, wide open spaces and some wine exploring? Wine Tastings for all NSW residents (and hopefully soon all interstate travellers) recommence at our friendly Cellar Doors during November. All require pre-booking, have Covid-Safe Plans and require guests to be double-vaxed.

Ballinaclash: Open from 13 Nov – Christmas.

FREEMAN Vineyards: From 1 November

Grove Estate: Open Now. Seated.

Lockwood Vineyard: From 1 November

Trandari Vineyard: From 4 December

TIPTOE THROUGH THE HILLTOPS

TIPTOE THROUGH THE HILLTOPS

Seeking alternatives for a NSW mini-break? Well, DELICIOUS magazine has a suggestion.
And it hasn’t anything to do with tulips…
The 20th birthday edition features a come hither travel story entreating readers to head to the #HilltopsRegion… to explore winding country roads, rustic Cellar Doors, Pick-Your-Own Fruit, great pubs, cafés, bakeries…comfy cottages…bush walks…  What are you waiting for?

Cellar Doors:  Ballinaclash, Chalkers Crossing, FREEMAN Vineyards, Grove Estate, Trandari

www.hilltopswine.com.au

HILLTOPS TOPS REAL REVIEW TOP VALUE WINE AWARDS

HILLTOPS TOPS REAL REVIEW TOP VALUE WINE AWARDS

The Real Review has just published its annual TOP VALUE Australian Wine List... and loud clapping is deserved for several Hilltops wine producers.
The big gongs go to FREEMAN Vineyards and Grove Estate for topping their varietal categories, wines chosen from producers across Australia rated best value up to $25.

NO.1 TOP VALUE Rosé:  FREEMAN Vineyards Rondo Rosé 2020

www.freemanvineyards.com.au

NO.1 TOP VALUE Shiraz:  Grove Estate Shiraz 2020

www.groveestate.com.au

Other Hilltops wines earning Top Value recognition, notably for Shiraz, are Calabria Pierre D’Amour Shiraz 2018 and McWilliams 660 Reserve Shiraz 2018.

HILLTOPS WINE PARTNERS ANNOUNCED

HILLTOPS WINE PARTNERS ANNOUNCED

HILLTOPS WINE announces a new partnership with both ACT and NSW based wine companies that feature Hilltops GI wines in their portfolios.  The new Wine Associates all market wines from the Hilltops Region.  Eligible wines are required to be made from grapes sourced from the Hilltops Region (85%) and must carry the denomination Hilltops on their labels.

‘The Hilltops is still one of Australia’s best kept wine secrets, so we decided to invite our wine partners to join us in an endeavour to grow awareness of the diversity and quality of our region’s grapes and wine’, said President Brian Freeman.
‘The response has been really pleasing and will I am sure ultimately bring more wine explorers to our region, as they make the connection between a Cabernet or Sangiovese they may buy in Sydney, Melbourne or the Hunter Valley, that originates from the Hilltops.’

For a list of currently available Hilltops Associate wines go to:  https://www.hilltopswine.com.au/wine-associates

HILLTOPS ASSOCIATION NEWS

HILLTOPS ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Hilltops Vineyards Association AGM this week re-elected Brian Freeman, founder of FREEMAN Vineyards, as President.  His report highlighted both the achievements and challenges of 2021 – characterful wines from the 2021 vintage, followed by an unusually wet autumn and winter impacting pruning work.

New viticulture research was flagged as were plans for reinvigoration of regional Hilltops wine tourism when border and travel restrictions ease and Cellar Doors can again swing open wide.

Hilltops wines were featured recently in Gourmet Traveller and the Grapegrower & Winemaker – our region and its wines reaching more discerning wine lovers.