I’ve liked a great many of the previous releases of this wine but this is my favourite of the lot.
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 2017 may be the best to date, according to The Wine Front's Campbell Mattinson. 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.
Mattinson noted that, "it has everything exactly where you’d like it to be."
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.
Clonakilla is one of the true icons of the Australian wine scene. Since its inception, it has been one of the leading lights of the Australian cool climate wine insurgence.
They boast one of the most collectable wines in the country in their Shiraz Viognier, a wine of outstanding quality and consistancy over the last two decades.
Whether Shiraz, Riesling or otherwise, every wine in the Clonakilla stable are considered amongst the benchmark examples in Canberra District.
Quite simply, Tim Kirk and his family-owned estate are one of the true gems in the Australian wine industry crown.