A little bit of background information for those who might be unaware; the New England region sits below the border of New South Wales and Queensland. It’s a diverse area with vineyards such as Topper’s Mountain sitting at high altitudes along the spine of the Great Dividing Range to lower, warmer sites on the western edges of the New England Tablelands. Petit Manseng is grown primarily in South West France and is often made into a late harvest dessert wine.
This expression though, is dry and wild fermented in barrel. It’s musky with aromas of apple, grapefruit, orange curd and ginger tea. No problems capturing your attention then. Slight oiliness on the palate, just enough to be pleasant. It tapers post entry and mid-palate and lacks a bit of definition but I still like the cut of its jib. Impressive and well worth persisting with. 90 Good
Region: New England
Tasted: September 2012