Clonakilla “Hilltops” Shiraz 2017


“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)

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On Clonakilla’s flagship Shiraz Viognier:

“Some argue this is Australia’s greatest red wine, it is certainly one of the greatest Shirazs”, The Wall Street Journal
“an icon wine, one of the best in Australia”, James Halliday

Tim Kirk writes of the Hilltops Shiraz, “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. 14% Alc/Vol”


Customer review

  1. Chris Foster

    93 Points – Jane Faulkner, James Halliday’s Wine Companion, 1 Aug 2018, “Excellent dark crimson-purple; a savoury infused wine with wafts of prosciutto, smoked sausages, iodine, cherries and pips plus toastiness from the oak. Medium-bodied, slightly sinewy tannins. This needs more time to settle and will reward those who do so.”

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