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

  • 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

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

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
  • 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”

Prestige Cuvée NV Tumbarumba Chardonnay-Pinot Noir

  • 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.”