Cupitt’s Winery retain the 5 Star Rating4 August 2018 – posted in: Winery, Uncategorized

Congratulations to Wally Cupitt and the team for retaining their 5-star Winery rating in the Halliday Wine Companion 2019. Halliday Wine Companion is recognised as the industry benchmark for Australian wine.

The 2016 Nebbiolo achieved 5 Red Glasses and a rating of 97 points 

Hand-picked, destemmed, the whole berries wild yeast open-fermented, matured for 11 months in used oak, 80% French, 20% Hungarian. Nebbiolo is the ultimate red wine challenge, but Hilltops has had a record of (relative) success. Rosie Cupitt has done it again, holding her nerve and her palate during the long (2 week) primary ferment and 8 week post-ferment maceration, aligning herself with old Barolo practice, not the new, short maceration. This has every sort of cherry you wish to nominate, and lingering fine, savoury tannins. A terrific wine.’

Wines receiving 95 points were 

2015 Dusty Dog Shiraz

Co-fermented with 2% viognier, 30% whole bunches, 70% whole berries, wild yeast open-fermented, 28 days on skins, 12 months in French oak (25% new). A lovely wine, with a complex, shifting array of aromas that are brought to heel on the vital, fresh, medium-bodied palate with its Thai silk range of predominantly red fruits criss-crossed by superfine tannins and bright acidity.’

2016 Merlot

‘Whole berries wild yeast open-fermented, 2 weeks post-ferment maceration, 35 days on skins, 11 months in French oak (35% new). The bright colour and aromatic bouquet are full of the promise that is largely delivered by the medium to full-bodied palate. Cassis, bay leaf and char are occupants of the mid-palate, the only faint whisper, a touch of bitterness on the aftertaste. The sheer quality of the makeup of the rest of the wine, and the inanity of most merlots, drives me to gold medal status.’

Other Wines that rated highly

2016 Pinot Gris 94 points Buy now in shop

2017 Viogneir 94 points Buy now in shop

2016 Chardonnay Yarra Valley 94 points 

2017 Alphonse Sauvignon 93 points Buy now in shop

2017 ‘Mia Bella’ Arneis 91 Points

2017 ‘Rosie’s Rose’  91 Points

2016 Carolyn’s Cabernet 89 Points Buy now in shop

2016 Canberra District Pinot Noir 89 points Buy now in shop

2017 Riesling 89 Points Buy now in shop