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2016 Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz

Canberra, NSW

Another outrageously good value release of the Hilltops Shiraz from Clonakilla.

$27.00

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About
Over time it has established a reputation as one of the most reliable go-to wines on the Australian wine landscape.

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

About the Wine

It would be hard to find a consistently better value, better-reviewed wine from a top-flight Shiraz producer in the country than the Hilltops Shiraz from Clonakilla.

The 2016 release is another ripper. A selection of premium vineyards across the region contributing to the wine, it shows all the finesse of premium cool-climate Shiraz/Syrah without the hefty pricetag. 

94 points from James Halliday and 93 points from Campbell Mattinson, at under $30 this is a no-brainer. If you want Clonakilla in your cellar but aren't regularly quaffing $90+ wines, then the Hilltops is a wine with great pedigree that can be consumed now or in 10 years time.

About Clonakilla

Clonakilla is one of the true icons of the Australian wine scene. Since its inception, it has been one of (if not THE) leading lights of the Australian cool climate wine insurgence. They boast one of the most collectable wines in the country with their Shiraz Viognier and whether Shiraz, Riesling or otherwise, are considered the benchmark for all things Canberra. Quite simply, one of the true gems in the Australian Wine Industry crown.

About Canberra

Canberra is a sleeping giant of Australian wine. The ability of this region to produce world class wines in only a relatively short history is almost second to none in the whole country. With the ability to produce everything from perfumed and tightly wound Syrah, to razor sharp Riesling and a wide array of emerging varieties and techniques, Canberra will be one of the ‘must watch’ wine producing regions in Australia for many years to come.

Clonakilla
Clonakilla's signature Shiraz Viognier blend, fermenting away
Canberra, NSW
Reviews

Critic Reviews

94Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"The usual (if that be the right word) Clonakilla signature of perfectly balanced fruit, tannins and oak, always complex yet always with great mouthfeel, black fruits to the fore, with a gentle sprinkle of spice and pepper." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)

93Points
The Wine Front

"Strings of tannin, herb notes, juicy stone fruit characters and assorted spices/peppers are all attractive in themselves, but aren’t yet pulling properly together. They will do. Indeed if anything this release is more complex than usual; more Clonakilla in a way. The fruit comes across as fresh, the cherried characters at the blacker end of the spectrum, the tannin fine and a little chalky. It’s going to turn out very well. Even another 12 months in bottle will do it a lot of good." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From the Producer

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. The 2016 vintage continues a run of warm vintages for the Hilltops region. The vineyards appear to take the heat in their stride however. The vines responded by producing rich black Shiraz with great depth of flavour. Drink now or cellar with confidence. This wine may surprise and delight you with five to ten years in the bottle.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

Tim Kirk admiring the beauty in the glass
Tim Kirk admiring the beauty in the glass
Clonakilla Cellar Door, Canberra, NSW
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