SMASH-HIT GEWURZ THAT'S TOPPER'S
THE NSW New England is not a wine region we hear a lot about, yet like so many of our other younger, smaller and sometimes off the beaten track hideaways, its one that's full of great surprises for the wine adventurer.
And amongst its many gems is a winery called Topper's Mountain at Tingha near Armidale on the New England Tablelands, one that owners Mark and Stephanie Kirby never cease to surprise with the quality of the grapes they grow in this high elevation (900 metres) cool climate region, and the resultant wines that are made for them by celebrated contract maker Mike Hayes.
Their 2015 Barrel Aged Gewurztraminer is one such drop, an absolutely top-notch Gewurz whose aromatics are all about clouds of Turkish delight, stone fruits, a little honey, marzipan and musk, and which couple on a creamy, fruit-laden palate that's also got gorgeous hints of spice, oaky tannin, acidity and has a lovely crispy finish.
This is a drop that's worth every cent of its $35 price tag, and you could imagine was custom-built to go on the table with Thai and similar Asian temptations.
 ONE you would think was custom-built to go on the table with Thai and similar Asian temptations.