Clonakilla `Hilltops` Shiraz 2018
Bright fruits, white pepper spice and savoury texture. A beautiful cool climate Shiraz from Clonakilla.
From vineyards in the Hilltops district around Young in New South Wales, Tim pays premium prices to exclusive growers for the best quality grapes available. Powerful but refined, this is acknowledged as one of the the top Shiraz made in Australia.
Region/Country: Canberra, Australia
Production Method: The grapes were destemmed and fermented warm in open-top fermenters of various sizes. Each batch has either nil or up to 20% whole bunches and are soaked on skins for 2-3 weeks before being pressed to barrel.
Style: Ripe, dark fruit flavours with a deep, concentrated cherry and blackberry character. It has fine-grained tannins and a racy acidity
Pairing Suggestion: Grilled meats, bbq, roasts, vegetable dishes
Profile: Labelling a wine as Syrah or Shiraz used to be indicative of origin however now tends to refer to style. Wines labelled as Syrah will be in the classic French style, medium bodied, blue fruited and showing lovely peppery spice whereas Shiraz tends to be fuller in body, with riper red and black fruit character indicating a warmer climate - the Australian style. The variety responds very well to oak maturation, adding tannic structure to the fruity frame, allowing for extreme ageability. It is also a very good blending grape, adding richness, fruit and structure.
Classic Regions: Rhone Valley (France), Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale (Australia), Hawkes Bay (New Zealand)
Clonakilla is one of the leading estates in Australia, with an enviable reputation for Shiraz/Viognier. Clonakilla means ‘meadow of the church’ in Gaelic and is the name of the founder’s grandfather’s farm in County Clare, Ireland. Clonakilla is widely considered the standard bearer for the cool-climate brigade in Australia.