Our Fiano Wins Gold & More of this year’s Cupitt’s Estate Halliday Highlights10 August 2020 – posted in: Winery, Uncategorized


The results for the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion are being celebrated all over the country, and we’re immensely proud to be sharing some incredible results with you of our own.

We hope you enjoy reading these results and reviews, and perhaps are compelled to open a bottle of your own favourite Cupitt’s Estate wine to enjoy in celebration with us.

We’re thrilled to announce that our 2019 Fiano has been awarded a Gold (95) Halliday Rating!

This full-bodied wine has structure and character and tastes of tropical fruit, crystallised citrus, honey and spice with a very appealing long lingering finish.

Halliday Judge’s admirations include “Intelligently picked fully ripe, rather than on acidity. All the better for it. Poached apricot and vanilla pod notes are bound by a twine of herb from thyme to fennel, with a quilt of gentle phenolics folded across a skein of maritime acidity. Rich, texturally compelling and very fresh. An excellent Fiano.”

Our 2019 Fiano is selling fast and we have limited stock available so shop fast if you’re wanting to enjoy a bottle of this Gold-winning drop!

Our sold-out Provenance Chardonnay wears a Silver (94) rating complemented with these generous tasting notes from James Halliday’s Tasting Panel.

“A refined Chardonnay, boasting fidelity to the estate’s culture of flavour while melding it to finer boned acidity and mineral crunch: generous stone fruit scents, creamed cashew, nougat and toasted hazelnut. Powerful, yet fresh enough and effortless. The acidity dutiful.”

This year we celebrate a large string of Silver awards after receiving a total of 8 this year across different varieties and regions. We’re excited to share with you some highlights from the Halliday judges tasting notes –

The Pointer Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2018 | Silver 93 Rating

“Whole-bunches were wild-fermented after pressing to classy French barrique where further maturation took place. I like this. Bolshy, without the citric and flinty notes reminiscent of the contemporary chardonnay template. Truffled. Earthy and grounded. Terracotta scents. Oatmeal and curd. Peach and apricot. This is well nourished by the wood and lees handling, pushing the envelope toward fully flared. Tucking it in. Just. In the name of flavour!”

Nebbiolo 2018 | Silver 91 Rating

“… This is an honest representation of a great grape variety. Light ruby. Orange rind, wood smoke, bing cherry and forest floor notes all wind their way around a spindle of gentle, but palpable, tannins. Just enough to rein it all in.”

Carolyn’s Hilltops Cabernet 2017 | Silver 92 Rating

“… This is a highly savoury and eminently drinkable coolish climatic expression of cab: mint, dried herb, currant red and black, shimmied across the palate by a thread of tapenade-tannins, gentle and just fresh enough.”

The Pointer Tumbarumba Pinot Noir 2018 | Silver 91 Rating

“A rusty light ruby hue. Root beer, fecund strawberry, truffle and wet autumnal leaves with a core of sweetness, belying its light weight feel. This is a pinot for the here and now. Immediate gratification.”

Hilltops Tempranillo 2019 | Silver 92 Rating

“The extraction gentle and with that, the tannin regime apt. Dark cherry, damson plum and pulpy mocha tannins, gentle enough to encourage vigorous drinking; palpable enough to confer a winning savouriness.”

Orange Pinot Gris 2019 | Silver 91 Rating

“While this winery is tucked behind the charming South Coast town of Milton, the fruit is sourced inter-regionally from the South Coast, the Alpine foothills of Tumbarumba, Canberra-ish and further afield in Orange, as with this gris. Baking spice, apple pie and Asian pear define the flavour spectrum. The texture is nicely phenolic”

Alphonse Sauvignon 2019 | Silver 91 Rating

“This strives for the light over the dark. Aspirational in the best sense: nettle, asparagus, greengage, lemon zest and most things herbal over tropical. OK, a whiff of guava. Oak, a textural adjunct. All the better for it. This should cuvee should be very good in the future. Texture, the calling card.”

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