hilltops region and another beauty from barwang

August 9, 2010  |  uncategorized, wine review

The Hilltops Wine Region is one of New South Wales’ most exciting wine regions. Situated around the towns of Young, Boorowa and Harden, the Hilltops is fast gaining recognition as a consistent producer of ultra-premium wine.  Croatian immigrants planted the first vines in this region in the 1860’s. These vines were planted especially for refreshments for the diggers working in the near-by gold fields. The more recent vineyards contributing to today’s viticulture industry were established from the 1970′s. The Southcorp viticulturalists used to say that anywhere you can grow cherries is a good area for quality red wine grapes

Barwang is a part of the McWilliams stable. McWilliams is renowned for presenting wines of great value. This is no exception. I paid $14 in Vintage Cellars at a case rate, but I have noticed it for $13 on line.

Barwang Hlltops Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

My tasting notes follow:

“Bright brick red, vibrant colour. Attractive black currant and blackberry nose with some lifted floral overtones. Powerful berry fruit with licorice and chocolate combined with lovely mocha oak that opens up in the glass. Tongue coating, rich savoury tannins – still a little aggressive – but will rapidly soften with a little more ageing. Lingering mouth full of flavour. 14.0% alcohol. Great wine of outstanding value. 93/100”

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