Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2015 ~ Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia
95/100 James Halliday
94/100 James Suckling
93/100 The Wine Front
91/100 Jeremy Oliver
James Haliday 5 Red Star Winery
Nick Stock ~ "Easily one of the best editions of this consistently good wine, this has an extra dimension of fruit flavor and richness, plus loads of blackberry and spice. The tannins really sparkle; great balance and depth here. Drink now and for 5+ years. Superb."
Campbell Mattinson ~ "Hilltops shiraz at its most elegant. Yes. This is good. Complete. Spicy, well-fruited, taut but expressive. It’s listed at 14.5% alc/vol but it doesn’t feel it; it has a modesty. Red and black berries with tobacco, stonefruit, anise and crushed dry spice. If mid-weight, savoury-accented reds are your go, you can’t go wrong here."
James Halliday ~ "This is another cracking release under the Hilltops label. Superbly balanced with an impeccably silky and fine palate, it is a wine you must put in the cellar: it is lovely now, but will reward those who can resist for as long as possible."
This wine is produced from five vineyards in the Hilltops District in New South Wales.
Clonakilla is an Australian winery based in the Canberra wine region of Murrumbateman, New South Wales. Clonakilla was the first commercial winery to open in the region and founder John Kirk is often referred to as the "father" of the wine industry in the area.
Clonakilla, which translates as "meadow of the church", are most famous for their Shiraz-Viognier. James Halliday describes it as paving "the way for numerous others to follow" and yet that it "remains the icon".
Hilltops is an Australian wine region of southern New South Wales, lying 80 miles (130km) north-west of Canberra. One of Australia's youngest wine regions, it is centered around the towns of Boorowa, Young and Harden, and the evocatively titled village of Wombat. The cool climate conditions here allow for the production of more elegant styles, notably of Chardonnay and Semillon for whites and Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon for reds. The climate is the result not only of Hilltops' distance from the Pacific coast (which brings about the cooler nights and winters), but also of its increased altitude. Almost all Hilltops vineyards are located above 1475ft (450m).