As seasons go, I’m not sure you can you get better conditions than we had in 2015.
There was higher than average rainfall in December and January. By late January things warmed and dried and the miracle began to unfold: Day after day of mid to high 20s, cool nights, light breezes (no hot northerly blasts), a steady, warm glow in the vineyard with no pressure from excessive heat, rain or wind. Ripening proceeded like a dream.
The Hilltops is the first of the 2015 reds to hit the market. It is a beautiful wine, at least as good as the majestic 2013 vintage, with a steady pulse of rich, dark fruit and perfect tannin structure.
“Hilltops shiraz at its most elegant. Yes. This is good. Complete. Spicy, well-fruited, taut but expressive…you can’t go wrong here.” – Campbell Mattinson
“Easily one of the best editions of this consistently good wine, this has an extra dimension of fruit flavour and richness, plus loads of blackberry and spice. Superb.” – Nick Stock
The 2015 Shiraz Viognier will be out as usual on September 1. Mark the date! The reviews so far have been stratospheric. Here’s a teaser for you:
‘The latest vintage, 2015, is without a doubt the best to date in a long line of excellent vintages…Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier is now every bit as important to the story of great Australian wine as Henschke Hill of Grace and Penfolds Grange.’ – Nick Stock
Look out for the release email on September 1.