2021 Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz - Murrumbateman NSW
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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.
Vintage 2021 was marked by a cooler than average summer punctuated by regular rainfall which slowed the ripening and gave expression to a delicious cool-climate elegance in the wine.
Mid-dark red hues with warm plum and cherry aromas woven through the region’s trademark dark berry fruit.
"Attractive shiraz with green tobacco, black olives, wet earth, and dark fruits. Medium to full body. Firm and solid tannins and a flavorful finish. Very savory. Spicy at the finish, too. Drink or hold. Screw cap."
94 Points - James Suckling - JamesSuckling.com
"Been a while since I tasted a Clonakilla Hilltops, though luckily I’m tasting alongside Mike today, so I feel at ease.
Medium-bodied, spice and hazelnuts, mint, blueberry and fresh blackberry, a juicy sort of acidity and a firm crunch to tannin, kind of a wheatgerm flavour and texture too, and a bright and meaty peppery finish of good length. Not the most concentrated, but freshness is appealing."
92 Points - Gary Walsh - The Wine Front