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2017 Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz

Hilltops, NSW

Top value release from one of the country's most prestigious wineries.

$28.00

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Categories: $25 - $35, Clonakilla, NSW, NSW, Red, Shiraz, Wines
About
I’ve liked a great many of the previous releases of this wine but this is my favourite of the lot.

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 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.

About Clonakilla

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.

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

Critic Reviews

94Points
The Wine Front

"One of the more annoying phrases heard in modern life is “this just happened”, or it is when it immediately precedes some kind of highly or dubiously manufactured brag. So let me annoy myself by noting that we’ve reviewed 17 vintages of Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz on The Winefront but, having just opened the 2017, this just happened. I’ve liked a great many of the previous releases of this wine but this is my favourite of the lot. It’s a ripper. Balanced, well fruited, spice-laden, perfumed, floral and then sweetly exotic. It smells and tastes beautiful, and is so finely etched with tannin; it has everything exactly where you’d like it to be. I’d send a case of this straight into the pool room but I’d like my stash kept a lot closer to me than that and, besides, I don’t have a pool room anyway. Buy." - 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 2017 vintage was punctuated by good rain at the right times with just the right amount of light and heat in between. Great colour again this year with a surge of rich black fruit through the aroma. There is plenty of ripe tannin driving the palate.

Drink now or cellar with confidence for ten years or more.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 14.0%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

Owner/winemaker Tim Kirk
Owner/winemaker Tim Kirk
Murrumbateman, NSW
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