Shiraz Hilltops New South Wales
Moppity are all about good wine from good fruit, selection of site is paramount and uncompromising standards of viticulture are essential. Lock & Key have embarrassed some pretty big names at conspicuous national wine show competitions, establishing Hilltops as the rising star growing appellation for Australian Shiraz. A rich, totally mouth filling wine with a deep, dark colour that's characteristic of Hilltops Shiraz. The palate is intense and concentrated, with loads of ripe dark berry, pepper and spiced cherry plum flavours.
Moppity Vineyard is a noteworthy producer of superfine Hilltops Shiraz and contributed fruit for the 2009 Jimmy Watson winner. Moppity's 170 acre property sits at the highest elevation in the Hilltops region and it's vines are among the eldest. There are multiple clones of each variety, including five clones of Shiraz, all featuring their own distinct characteristics. The advantage is a tremendous diversity in wine style depending on site, aspect, soil type and clone. Shiraz grapes are treated to a cold soak for the extraction of tannin, colours and flavour, followed by several days of ferment and a term of maturation in a selection of seasoned French oak hogsheads and barriques.
Deep, dark purple/ red in colour. Aromatic, perfumed, spicy with sweet red berry and cherry nuances. A soft and seamless, medium bodied, savoury expression of graphite and dark cherry, blackberry and a little briar, the palate is followed by fine acidity and drive, the freshness of fruit being a standout trait of this stylish, eminently drinkable Shiraz.