Australian Wine Review – A couple of Rieslings from the area around Young, in the Hilltops region. This is considered a continental region but we think it should be a cool climate region – in fact you could say a bloody freezing region. It certainly was when we were there. The area is also known for cherries, but in our opinion is should be known for Chalkers Crossing.
When it comes to cellar doors, it’s not that high on the hit list – as explained in the video – but there is some VERY good fruit coming from this region. The Barwang label is also sourcing fruit from here (as well as Tumbarumba) and if you take a look at some of the reviews that label is getting you will see the kind of fruit this region is producing (no cellar door). The cool climate fruit, scattered around the state, is getting better and better results as the development of these relatively new areas continues. Still suffering water supply problems like most others according to the growers we have talked to, Hilltops might still yet survive the cull that Australia is inevitably going to have to go through to decrease the glut of grapes we have. Hilltops is surely providing high enough quality fruit and wine to survive the next few years as the major players sell off their thousands of hectares no longer bearing the returns they were hoping for and the farmers that take them over pull up the vines and put alternative crops in. One can only hope.
Chalkers Crossing Riesling 2009 $18 – a recommended BUY at this price – watch the video to see the full wine review
Lindsays Riesling 2006 $18 – an honorable mention – watch the video to see the full wine review
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