Just over the hill from McLaren Vale, on a beautiful road winding past Kuitpo Forest, lies Top Note, a premium cool climate Adelaide Hills vineyard.
Top Note Vineyard is a world apart from the vale, sitting at 330 metre elevation. Altitude and exposure to cool south-easterlies blowing up off the Southern Ocean keep us up to 10 degrees cooler than our neighbours in the vale, allowing us to grow cool climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and our rare Red Semillon as well as producing elegant Shiraz and beautifully structured Cabernet Sauvignon.
Owners Cate and Nick Foskett hand select the very best of each crop to make into small batches of exclusive, hand crafted wines under the Top Note label. The first Top Note release is a dessert wine made from the very rare Red Semillon - a pink berried relative of Semillon Madeira. The citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit on the nose are followed up on the palate with hints of granny smith apples.
Top Note will shortly be releasing a Pinot Noir and Shiraz from the 2014 vintage is currently maturing in new French Oak.
Tastings are by appointment - either by calling or emailing.
In 1987, Geoff Hardy - a fifth generation descendant of South Australian wine pioneer Thomas Hardy - finally found his ideal site for the production of outstanding cool climate grapes in the Adelaide Hills.
The vineyard became known as the K1 Vineyard as this unique, groundbreaking site was the first commercial planting of vines in the Kuitpo (pronounced 'ky-po') region.
Today, the K1 by Geoff Hardy wines are considered to be amongst some of Australia's finest ultra-premium, single estate wines. Geoff and his family continue their work to keep it that way and to make sure that the K1 cellar door maintains its reputation as one of Australia's leading cellar door experiences.