2019 Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz
Some of the older wines in my cellar are Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz. There’s older, older, but of the younger older wines, this label hits quite a few slots. Has always been a good proposition. Better yet, the year it won ‘Best Wine Of Show’ etc when I was in my epoch of judging Canberra Regional Wine Show – a wine for the people. This one is too.
It’s a significantly excellent release of this shiraz, shimmers in the glass with purple-dark red colour, slips over the palate with a satiny spread of mellifluous fruit and spice, offers fine sheets of lacy tannin and finishes fresh and nicely puckering. Such pretty sweet fruit, floral notes and piquant spice. Such a delight! Such pleasing and easy drinking but feels like pedigree too. A worthy addition to a cellar (and for your glass now, now, now). Drink by 2035.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front (June 2020)