Spotlight: Moppity Vineyards
It's fair to say Moppity is the flagship winery of the Hilltops region, one of the most exciting and elegant viticultural areas in Australia. With over 240 trophies and medals since 2009 their record speaks for itself. In an area described as 'Barossa meets the Grampians', Moppity produce wines by the motto 'power with refinement'. Their Hilltops vineyard sits at the highest elevation of any in the region, with 37 year old vines producing some of the best new top end wine the country has to offer. They also produce cracking value wines under their Lock & Key label, providing statement wines at just about any price range. The three wines below are some of our picks and are all currently in stock at 161 Cellars - but they may not be for long!
Reserve Shiraz 2013/2014
The Hilltops region in a bottle, with all the splendor and flavour a description like that entails. It's hard not to wax lyrical about a wine with as much quality as this one; a regal wine with blackberries and fragrant spice on the nose, followed by supple flavours with an undeniable power and a monumental finish. The 2014 marks the fifth vintage in a row given a 97 by esteemed critic James Halliday and this was the first wine from NSW to ever win the Great Australian Shiraz challenge. Something truly special and worthy of a space in the cellar or christmas stocking of any red lover.
Estate Tumbarumba Chardonnay
From their Tumbarumba vineyard comes this cracking expression of Australian chardonnay. Light lemon and stonefruit flavours are balanced by mineral acidity. Gentle oak maturation adds subtle nutty notes to balance it out. Great choice for cellaring but drinks brilliantly now as well!
Lock & Key Single Vineyard Shiraz
A lovely wine in an everyday price range, this is one of the best bottles of cool climate shiraz you'll find without breaking the bank. James Halliday gave the 2013 vintage 95 points and it shows - firm, yet well balanced and refined. Lots of dark berries with a touch of spice. High quality quaffer.