taste some of australia’s best cool-climate wines at chalkers crossing

The Hilltops is one of Australia’s best-known wine regions. It is primarily known for Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay grape varieties. Located in the Hilltops and Tumbarumba region in Young New South Wales, Chalkers Crossing winery is popular for its premium quality cool-climate wines. The Hilltops region is located around the town of Young in Southern NSW. On the other hand, the Tumbarumba region is located at the foot of the Snowy Mountains, one of the most remote wine-growing regions in NSW.

Chalkers Crossing’s Rockleigh Vineyard was established in 1997 with the planting of Riesling, Semillon, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grape varieties. The first crop from these vines was harvested in early 2000. Kylmorn Vineyard, 7 km south of Young in the Hilltops Region, is the latest acquisition of Chalkers Crossing.  It is a 17ha sustainably managed vineyard planted in 2002 with Riesling, Chardonnay and Shiraz grape varieties. Since 1999, the winery has been managed by French winemaker Celine Rousseau. She gained experience in Bordeaux, Champagne, St Emilion and Languedoc in France, and in the Margaret River and Perth Hills in Western Australia before coming to the Hilltops Region for the first Chalkers Crossing vintage.

Here’s a list of some of the popular quality wines of Chalkers Crossing:

  1. 2015 CC2 Hilltops Shiraz

In a glass, it flaunts a deep red colour with purple tints. The nose offers blackberry and dark cherry aromas matched by subtle spicy, vanilla oak. Similar blackberry flavours replicate on the complex palate along with fine, silky tannins. Pair this full-bodied red with red meat, smoked or gamey meats and strong cheeses.

2. 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Tumbarumba

The Sauv Blanc features a pale yellow colour with green tints. On the nose, it exudes subtle citrus and passion fruit aromas. Similar citrus flavours replicated on the palate supported by a persistent acidity, eventually culminating in a crisp and fresh finish. It pairs exceptionally with oysters, yabbies, scallops and grilled fish.

3. 2014 Hilltops Shiraz

Poured into a glass, it flaunts a deep red colour with purple tints. A swirl will please you with blackberry and dark cherry aromas matched by subtle spicy, vanilla oak. The complex palate reveals similar blackberry flavours and fine, silky tannins. Serve this full bodied wine with red meat, smoked or gamey meats and strong cheeses. 

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