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New wine! 2019 Hilltops Shiraz

We are delighted to be releasing our first Shiraz from the phenomenal 2019 vintage.

The 2019 Hilltops shows all the opulent black fruit and mouth coating intensity of the year. It’s already delicious and I have no doubt it will age beautifully. Mike Bennie’s wonderful prose captures it perfectly:

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). – Winefront, June 12, 2020

We were very honoured to come in at number four in Huon Hooke’s list of 52 top Australian wineries in the Good Weekend Magazine (Age and SMH) on Saturday. Huon wrote, ‘The 2018 Shiraz Viognier is a cracking wine, one of winemaker Tim Kirk’s best. Indeed, the entire range is splendid…The house style is restrained, elegant, perfumed and very beautiful. The finesse extends to the Viognier and Riesling 2019.’

This past weekend James Halliday reviewed the 2018 Shiraz Viognier: ‘Fragrant to the point of perfumed aromas of spices, rose petals and red fruit blossom. The palate is, as ever, very complex, with spice berries sewn together by a necklace of tannins. The length is mesmerising.’ – The Weekend Australian Magazine, June 13-14, 2020.

The 2018 SV is down to the last stocks now so get a hold of some and stock your cellar if you haven’t yet. Look out for the Magnum release on September 1.

Warm regards,

Tim Kirk

2019 Riesling available now

We have been really touched by the many supportive and encouraging notes and comments we have received following the release of news about our 2020 vintage struggles. Thank you!

While we are coming to terms with a vintage lost to smoke taint, there is plenty of good news to focus on.

Our Riesling from the wonderful 2019 vintage has just been released. I rate it as among our very best vintages. Campbell Mattinson agrees:

Canberra Riesling can be a very fine thing.
Intensity of flavour here is excellent. As is the flow of the wine. As is the finish. There’s a suggestion of fruit sweetness to the mid palate here and it helps to kick it all up a gear. It’s limey and slatey and red apple-y, and it does that delicate-but-intense thing. It’s super. 95 points

And we’ve just receive these two reviews from The Real Review team:

Light yellow hue, with a gently toasty bees-waxy aroma, underneath is lemon pith. The palate is restrained and taut, delicate and undeveloped, with a phenolic textural element and a tickle of sweetness rendering it more accessible. Juicy and firm, at the same moment. A lovely array of citrus flavours. This is delicate and delicious and deserves a little cellar time. It will only improve further with age. 96 points – Huon Hooke

Clonakilla’s fame rests largely on outstanding shiraz-based red wines, some of Australia’s very best, but the estate’s riesling is superb too. The 2019 has just arrived and it’s a worthy example.

Pale and silvery-straw in colour, it has a pungent nose reminiscent of blossom, citrus fruits, green apples, spice and steel. It tastes zesty yet relatively ripe and rich, and although quite dry overall, its intense flavours hint at a little fruit sweetness. It finishes with a thrilling line of acidity and a haunting, fragrant aftertaste. Past experience tells us that these wines age very well, developing into classics of the Australian new wave. 96 pointsRalph Kyte-Powell

The majestic 2018 Shiraz Viognier continues to gather international accolades. Here is what British wine writer Sarah Ahmed had to say:

The 2018 vintage is stirring!  It has wonderful tension and lift – as they say, it flies.  Gorgeous perfume and piquancy, with red berry and cherry, a savoury rasp of black pepper, piquant pimento and lingering cathedral spices.  Incredible length and persistence for such a gossamer palate, with its feathery, barely there, tannins.

Although our Cellar Door is temporarily closed, our wines can still be purchased online. Plus, we are waiving all shipping fees during this period.

Warm regards,

Tim

Three new wines!

Three new vintage releases to ease you into the new financial year.

The 2018 Hilltops Shiraz is a gorgeous wine from an epic vintage. A couple of reviews for you:

“This is another beauty. I opened it on a Friday night and as I did so I wondered whether it was “Friday night worthy”. It was and then some. It boasts ample dark cherry/berry fruit, comes inlaid with spice, carries its floral highlights with ease and has a meaty, spicy, clovey finish. It’s juicy throughout and yet it has power; the tannin too has a fine spread-and-run aspect to it. It’s a winner for sure. It will age beautifully as well”. – Campbell Mattinson

“Very deep aromas of raspberries and red plums with subtly spicy notes, leading to a palate that has a super fleshy, juicy and red-fruited core of fine, long tannins. Drink now.” – James Suckling/Nick Stock

If you’re looking for winter whites, here are two, straight off our shiny new bottling line:

2019 Viognier Nouveau

2019 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

STOP PRESS
A beautiful review for the 2017 O’Riada Shiraz from the great man James Halliday in the just released August/September edition of Halliday Magazine:

“Spice, red flowers, pepper and wood smoke all appear and promptly disappear on the bouquet, reforming in a different order next time around, the ensuing palate a pond without a single ruffle. Red cherry infuses all of one’s senses with a constant framework of spice. The faultless balance will still be sustaining the wine 30 years hence. What value!

Warm regards,

Tim Kirk