Just over the hill from McLaren Vale, on a beautiful road winding past Kuitpo Forest, lies Top Note, a premium cool climate Adelaide Hills winery, cellar door and vineyard. Top Note is the creation of Cate and Nick Foskett who have thrown themselves into viticulture and winemaking with the same enthusiasm, passion and high standards that have been hallmarks of their respective careers in opera and IT. For about a year they searched for a property in the countryside which combined forests and a view with room for a vegetable garden, an orchard and some vines so that Nick could achieve a long held ambition of making some wine.
Top Note Vineyard is a world apart from the vale, sitting at 330m 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.
Top Note sells grapes under contract to premium wineries including Nepenthe and Treasury. Small parcels of hand-selected fruit are picked to make wine under the Top Note label; see our Wines page for more information about our wines or to buy online, or our purchasing page to find out where else you can find our wines.
Tastings are available on weekends from 11am to 4pm or by appointment (call 8388-3194) at our cellar door at 558 Peters Creek Road in Kuitpo.
Top Note is proud to support one of Adelaide’s pre-eminent choirs, Graduate Singers. Enjoy excellent choral singing at one of their regular concerts with some extra Top Notes in the foyer at interval.