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View details Moppity Lock Key Sparkling 2016
$ 16.99 Moppity Lock Key Sparkling 2016
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Chardonnay PinotNoir / Hilltops Tumbarumba / NewSouthWales
Lock & Key is a reference to ancestors who were brought to New South Wales as convicts aboard Australia's second fleet. A generously proportioned Pinot Chardonnay, the first sparkling wine to be made from fruit grown to the blossoming Hilltops region. Moppity Vineyard's original plantings are nearing forty years of age, some of the oldest stock in southern New South Wales. These mature, low yielding vines don't deliver much fruit but the precious grapes are wonderfully concentrated and produce the most remarkable sparkling wine.
 
View details Moppity Lock Key Shiraz 2016
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Shiraz / Hilltops / NewSouthWales
Moppity are all about good wine from good fruit, selection of site is paramount and uncompromising standards of viticulture are essential. Lock & Key have embarrassed some pretty big names at conspicuous national wine show competitions, establishing Hilltops as the rising star growing appellation for Australian Shiraz. A rich, totally mouth filling wine with a deep, dark colour that's characteristic of Hilltops Shiraz. The palate is intense and concentrated, with loads of ripe dark berry, pepper and spiced cherry plum flavours.
 
View details Moppity Lock Key Riesling 2016
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Riesling / Hilltops / NewSouthWales
Lock & Key have placed Hilltops firmly on the map with their fresh and dry, fragrant articulation of Riesling. Viticulturally, the region can be summarised as Barossa meets the Grampians, translating into wines of power and concentration, enhanced by great elegance and finesse. Moppity Vineyards have claimed some of the most coveted accolades at significant wine competitions nationally and overseas. Complexed by stonefruits and lime, the clean, zippy finish, makes Lock & Key an excellent food wine.
 
View details Moppity Lock Key Chardonnay 2016
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Chardonnay / Tumbarumba / NewSouthWales
Lock & Key redefines the style of New South Wales Chardonnay. The cool climes of Tumbarumba at the foothills of Snowy Mountains are ideally suited to producing lean, elegant and refined Chardonnay wines. The region is fast gaining recognition as a source of Australia's finest fruit, it has been selected by the nation's most distinguished winemakers for the development of exciting new vineyards. Lock & Key unravels an elegant palate of abundant ripe cashew citrus characters, melon and stonefruit flavours.
 
View details Moppity Lock Key Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
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CabernetSauv / Hilltops / NewSouthWales
Moppity have claimed many conspicuous accolades at national wine shows and international competitions. Their property sits at the highest elevation of the Hilltops region, its distinguished vines are among the eldest in the area, the source of fruit for many memorable vintages including the 2009 Jimmy Watson winner. Lock & Key is Moppity's entry level effort, a pure single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from mature, low yielding vines, fashioned to be approachable and satisfying for early drinking.
 
Moppity Vineyards s is a flagship producer of the Hilltops region, rocketing to prominence after claiming some of the most coveted prizes in winemaking

Hilltops is rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting viticultural regions in Australia. Viticulturally, the region can be summarised as Barossa meets the Grampians, power and concentration with elegance and finesse. The 170 acre Moppity Vineyard sits at the highest elevation in the Hilltops and the fully mature vines are among the oldest in the region. Moppity have embraced the philosophy that great wines are made in the vineyard. Moppity's team attempt to promote the somewhereness of site. There's nothing generic about the wines, they reflect unique geographic origins. Moppity wines are the ultimate expression of soil and micro-climate. They are different from the wines of other regions and different from the wines of other Hilltops producers.

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Every effort is made in the vineyard to promote fruit quality. Minimal irrigation, bunch thinning and careful pruning ensures low yields of highly concentrated fruit, providing wines of great flavour intensity and regional and varietal distinction. The original plantings were established in the 1970s and are some of the oldest vines in southern New South Wales. Moppity's Reserve wines are typically sourced from the old, gnarly, low yielding vines. These old boys don't deliver much fruit but it's wonderfully concentrated. As they say, old vines make great wines!

The vineyard is situated on dark red volcanic granitic clays, impregnated with basalt. Moppity have 170 acres under vine spread over 450 acres of undulating terrain. Plantings include shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, nebbiolo, chardonnay, riesling, semillon and viognier.

There are multiple clones of each variety, five different shiraz clones as an example, each features distinct qualities. The result is a tremendous diversity in wine style depending on site, aspect, soil type and vine clone.

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The Hilltops climate is cool to moderate. Summer rainfall is low, so the growers can control vigor and optimise flavour development. The vines generally have the benefit of a long, even ripening period - this supports flavour and colour development and underpins the intensity of Moppity's wines. Although early spring frost is an issue in the district, the Moppity Vineyards are sited on undulating terrain, ensuring adequate frost drainage.

Moppity's Reserve range is made in small quantities in only the very best years. The inaugural release in vintage 2006 was a Shiraz, which set the wine world alight winning top gold medal at the prestigious London International Wine Competition. The Estate range is sourced from the very finest fruit on the vineyard (unless a little makes the grade for the Reserve label). The focus is very much on quality and generally only around 5% of the crop will be allocated the the Estate range. No expense is spared in the winery and the wines have won numerous awards and critical acclaim. The Lock & Key range is named in reference to Jason Brown's 2nd fleet convict lineage and pays tribute to humble beginnings. They are single vineyard wines from mature, low yielding vines and represent remarkable value.

"I won’t muck about. When I first started drinking it I was thinking “Wow, this is really nice”, then when I noticed the recommended retail price I thought “Holy S%#T!, that’s bloody awesome value for money” I can honestly say this would go close to the best value red wine I’ve come across in at least a year or so. They are totally different wines made for a totally different market. All cool climate Shiraz lovers will appreciate them both but the real fanatics of the variety, like myself, will love the elegance!" -Adrianerdedi.com

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