Awards & Reviews

Wine Show Results and Industry Reviews

 

In our first two years of operation we’ve achieved quite a medal haul at the wine shows, together with some terrific reviews from the wine media!

Hilltops 2017 Shiraz

  • 96/100 Trophy Best Shiraz of Show, Australian Highlands Wine Show 2018
  • 95/100 Gold Medal Canberra and District Wine Show 2019
  • 94/100 – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit “The palate is wonderfully flavoursome and concentrated, delivering excellent fruit purity…”
  • 92/100 – James Halliday “…a bright crimson-purple hue; the bouquet and palate both impart the pepper and spice of the relatively cool climate…”
  • 90/100 – Huon Hooke, The Real Review “Medium to deep red/purple hue, with a herbal, plummy, fruit-led aroma, which embraces some cool-grown peppery notes.” Top Value rating
  • Bronze Medal, 2018 Australian Cool Climate Wine Show
  • Bronze Medal, 2018 Canberra & District Wine Show
  • Bronze Medal, 2018 National Cool Climate Wine Show

Hilltops 2018 Shiraz

  • 95/100 James Halliday “The medium-bodied palate is supple and smooth, the fruit (cherry and plum) beautifully balanced.”
  • 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit “It’s beautifully ripe and rounded on the palate, delivering succulent fruit flavours together with fine texture and silky tannins, finishing long and very attractive.”
  • 92+/100 Campbell Mattinson, WineFront “Sweet berried fruit, a healthy dose of cedary oak, some coffeed notes and rounds of both sweet spice and gum leaf/peppercorn.”
  • 90/100 Stephen Read, Wine Matrix  “…white pepper spice, soft tannins, red berries, subtle oak with a complex balance of fruit and acid. There is good length to the finish.”
  • Bronze Medal, NSW Wine Awards 2019
  • Bronze Medal, National Cool Climate Wine Show 2019

Tumbarumba 2017 Chardonnay

  • 93/100 – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit “Beautifully fruited and elegantly fragrant”
  • 92/100 – Gary Walsh, WineFront “Here’s a good glass of Chardonnay.”
  • 91/100 – Huon Hooke, The Real Review #2 Top white wines of the month April 2018, #5 Top NSW 2017 Chardonnays
  • Silver Medal, 2018 Australian Highlands Wine Show
  • Bronze Medal, 2018 Canberra & District Wine Show
  • Bronze Medal, 2018 Australian Cool Climate Wine Show
  • Bronze Medal, 2018 National Cool Climate Wine Show

Tumbarumba 2018 Chardonnay

  • 93/100 – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit “…bright fruit intensity and fine texture, brilliantly structured by vibrant acidity, finishing persistent and linear.”
  • 92/100 – James Halliday “The quality of the wine is exceptional at this price…”
  • 91/100 – Campbell Mattinson, WineFront “Pure of fruit, straight of line, sound of length.”
  • Silver Medal, ANZ Boutique Wine Show
  • Bronze Medal, NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show 2019
  • Bronze Medal Australian Highlands Wine Show 2019
  • Bronze Medal NSW Wine Awards 2019

Tumbarumba 2019 Chardonnay

  • 93/100 – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit “…lovely weight and rounded mouthfeel, brilliantly supported by bright acidity, finishing long and succulent”
  • 90/100 – Stephen Read, Wine Matrix “…citrus aromas along with some tropical fruit notes, sweet vanillin oak is evident making this a complex nose.”

Hilltops 2017 Tempranillo

  • Silver Medal, Australian Cool Climate Wine Show
  • 93/100 – James Halliday “Variety meets region meets love at first sight.”
  • 92/100 – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit “An immediately appealing red with plenty of tasty flavours”
  • 89/100 – Campbell Mattinson, WineFront “It’s a red wine with ease-of-drinking clearly on its side.”
  • 86/100 – Huon Hooke, The Real Review “Bright, medium to full red/purple colour with a fresh, bright red-fruit aroma and flavour…”

Hilltops 2018 Tempranillo

  • 94/100 – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit “Youthfully charming and delightfully fragrant…”
  • 92/100 – Campbell Mattinson, WineFront “This is just lovely. … Cherry-berry flavours, a lick of spice, excellent shape and a general impression of polish.”
  • Silver Medal, Australian Cool Climate Wine Show 2019
  • Silver Medal, NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show 2019
  • Silver Medal, Canberra & Region Wine Show 2019
  • Silver Medal, Australian Highlands Wine Show 2019
  • Silver Medal, ANZ Boutique Wine Show
  • Bronze Medal, Royal Sydney Wine Show 2019

Hilltops 2019 Tempranillo

  • 93/100 – Mike Bennie “Ripper drink.”
  • 93/100 – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit: “…youthful fruit flavours together with silky texture and polished tannins, offering fabulous drinking”
  • 90/100 – Stephen Read, Wine Matrix “…aromas of sweet red berries and a hint of spice…”

Tumbarumba 2018 Sauvignon Blanc

  • 92/100 – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit “…excellent vibrancy and lively mouthfeel, backed by refreshing acidity, leading to a lingering delectable finish.”
  • 91/100: Mike Bennie, WineFront “Great volume of perfume, good juiciness in palate, nice sense of the variety’s fruitier side but also delivers a little extra in texture and length.”
  • 90/100: James Halliday “more depth and intensity to its range of citrus and tropical fruits than those of warmer regions.”
  • Bronze Medal, Australian Highlands Wine Show
  • 88/100 – Huon Hooke, The Real Review “…very bright and nascent, with a quite intense palate…”

Tumbarumba 2019 Sauvignon Blanc

  • Silver Medal, NSW Wine Awards 2019
  • 92/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, “…juicy fruit intensity and lively mouthfeel, making it refreshing and highly enjoyable.”
  • 91/100: Stephen Read, Wine Matrix, “…a great balance of complex fruit, melon, citrus, a hint of pineapple, balanced by clean lime juice acid, then finishing with a green apple crispness.”
  • Bronze Medal, Canberra & Region Wine Show 2019
  • Bronze Medal, Australian Highlands Wine Show 2019

Reserve Selection Canberra 2017 Shiraz

  • 94/100 – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit “Beautifully harmonious and flavoursome.”
  • 92/100 – James Halliday, “It’s full-bodied, and fully reflects the depth of fruit Canberra can imbue. Cellar? The ayes have it.”
  • 92/100 – Mike Bennie, “Shows that regional blueberry and crushed rock character with some lift of clove”

Reserve Selection Canberra 2019 Shiraz

  • Gold Medal, NSW Wine Awards 2020

Prestige Cuvée NV Tumbarumba Chardonnay-Pinot Noir

  • 92/100 – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, “It’s fabulously fragrant and inviting on the nose showing white flesh nectarine, rockmelon, lemon zest and fresh apple aromas, leading to a juicy palate that’s vibrant and refreshing.”
  • 90/100 – Stephen Read, Wine Matrix “…a good balance between the citrus acid and fruit weight, along with a creamy mouthfeel and a good length to the palate.”