Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2019
SPECIAL BUY 6 OR MORE.. 94 points, ‘.. significantly excellent release”.
What a remarkable jouney for Clonakilla. When John Kirk first planted vines in 1971 who would have thought it would be celebrated as one of Australia’s finest vineyards! Their first Shiraz Viognier was made in 1998 – by 2005 it was deemed ‘Outstanding’ in Langton’s Australian Wine Classification … by 2010 it was promoted to “Exceptional” .. up there with Grange and Hill of Grace! Murrumbateman & Canberra wine region is all about cool climate shiraz … complex layering of raspberry, violets, spice, cracked pepper, roast game with darker blackberry, blackcurrant and aniseed in warmer years. Clonakilla’s shiraz across the board including the Hilltops and O’Riada remind me of syrah at it’s best from famed ‘Cote Rotie’ in France’s Northern Rhone.
From winemaker, Tim Kirk … “This Shiraz is made from grapes selected from five vineyards in the Hilltops district around Young on the South Western Slopes of New South Wales.
2019 was a warm, low yielding year producing some of the darkest colour and blackest fruit character we have seen from the district. Rich dark fruit through the aroma, concentrated flavours and waves of ripe tannin rolling in from the deep. Great now if you love wine of power and intensity. Destined for a long life in the cellar for those who are patient.”
2019 was an exceptional vintage and as no wines will be made from the 2020 vintage due to smoke taint this is a wine to stock up on!
94 Points Mike Bennie, Winefront. “It’s a significantly excellent release of this shiraz, shimmers in the glass with purple-dark red colour, slips over the palate with a satiny spread of mellifluous fruit and spice, offers fine sheets of lacy tannin and finishes fresh and nicely puckering. Such pretty sweet fruit, floral notes and piquant spice. Such a delight! Such pleasing and easy drinking but feels like pedigree too. A worthy addition to a cellar (and for your glass now, now, now).”
Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age “This is a fresh, young wine of some charm. It’s deep purplish in colour and offers floral scents, blackberry, mocha and savoury, lightly clovey spice on the nose. In the mouth, it’s vibrant and juicy in flavour, medium in body, and sandy tannins give it just enough definition for fine balance.”
RRP $34 …**SPECIAL PRICE .. Only $26.99 when you buy 6 or more of this wine in any dozen.
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Australia, Hilltops, NSW