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2009 Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz
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- Cellar 3 - 4 years (2013-2014)
- ABV 14%
- Closure: Screw Cap
Founded in 1971 by John Kirk, then a Canberra based research scientist, Clonakilla has established a reputation for producing very limited quantities of what many regard as Australia’s premier cool climate Shiraz, Viognier and Shiraz Viognier Blends. Originaly planted to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon in 1971, Viognier was added in 1978 making Clonakilla a pioneer of this rare Rhone white in Australia.
In 1990 their first straight varietal Shiraz went on to win two gold, one silver and two trophies from three showings. An inspirational journey through the Rhone in 1991 by John’s son Tim (now Winemaker and General Manager) saw the release of Clonakilla’s first Shiraz Viognier blend in 1992 and a series of benchmark Australian Reds was born.
Opaque black crimson red colour with deep crimson red hue. The nose displays aromas of lifted dark plum, liquorice and confectionary along with a hint of clove showing very good intensity. Medium bodied and elegant, the palate displays flavours of dark plum, blackberry, liquorice and confectionary with some spice on the back palate and a light smoky overlay. Very fine grained, slightly dryish but balanced tannins with long aftertaste of dark plums, liquorice and spice.
Cellar 3-4 years (2013-2014).
Vibrant purple hue; dominated by savoury spicy notes, of cinnamon, clove, star anise and followed up by clearly defined blackberry fruit; the palate is lively and super fresh, showing a strong core of mineral and fresh earth; will be ample, juicy, long and generous, this is delicious as a young wine, or in ten years. Screwcap.
14% alc. Date Tasted Mar 10 Drink 2018 Rating 95
James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion 2011