Volcanic soils, nourishing mountain waters, cool-climate katabatic winds, and a pristine environment have been bringing winemakers and wine companies (big and small) to this region since the late 1840s. James Halliday said, ‘Gundagai is a thoroughly schizophrenic region but one created with a good deal of common sense… When site climate is factored in, the region will be able to produce as diverse a range of wine styles as any other region in Australia.’
This point is being proven by Tumblong Hills where the region’s climate allows them to grow Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon with exceptional depth of flavour and intensity. Yet they can also experiment with Sangiovese, Barbera and Nebbiolo, as well as the drought-tolerant, southern Italian variety, Fiano.
The wines are already showing great promise in their Table of Plenty range. They not only represent extraordinary value for money they also deliver the authentic taste profiles–mouthfeel, weight and texture–of the varieties’ Italian roots but with an Australian accent. This makes Table of Plenty a perfect and gentle introduction to these varieties and how these Italian varietal wines work so perfectly in our climate and lifestyle.
Simon Robertson, a second-generation vigneron and pioneer of sustainable farming in the region as well as Australia, leads the estate. By repurposing organic vineyard waste and encouraging a diverse mix of pasture plant species, Tumblong Hills places a strong emphasis on building and maintaining superior soil structure which helps reduce reliance on water from the Murrumbidgee River. Tumblong Hills is also a member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia.