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The weather gods are testing vignerons in the Hilltops region this year, with persistent rain and cool weather delaying the 2022 harvest by up to six weeks. While it’s a bit of a juggling act, the cooler nights and longer ripening will hopefully mean an even more flavoursome vintage. Covid-19 has seen a reduction in visitor numbers, and while some wineries are taking the time to revamp their cellar doors, there are still plenty of others to visit and enjoy. The Young and Hilltops Region Wine Cellar located in the Visitor Information Centre in Young also stocks many of the wines produced locally.  Ali Betts

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Owner Brian Freeman is a man who knows a thing or two about wine. As the former head of Wine Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, he first established his vineyard at Prunevale just outside of Young in 1999. Home to nebbiolo, sangiovese and viognier, Freeman is considered a pioneer for thinking outside the square and being one of the first to plant rondinella and corvina grapes. He balances wine knowledge with a passion for the local district and can tell you as much about the history of Prunevale as he can about the intricacies of his wine. Producing wines and growing grapes for wineries across the eastern seaboard, Freeman is balancing tradition and new-wave thinking.     

TOP DROP: 2021 Freeman Prosecco, A$25


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