2021 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.

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 crimson. High toned. Transparent. Lightweight. The sort of wine you thought Australia would never produce! Positively racy…” – Jancis Robinson

Mid-dark red hues with warm plum and cherry aromas woven through the region’s trademark dark berry fruit.

Tim Kirk and his team make some benchmark wines in Murrumbateman, just outside Canberra, but also source some quality fruit from outside the cherry capital of Young in the Hilltops region. This is very impressive, medium bodied and coming in at just 13% alcohol.

very impressive

Mainly older French oak has added to dark berry fruit flavours to produce a joyful red that can either be enjoyed right now or cellared for 5-7 years. Very food friendly and good value.

Winsor Dobbin

Medium-bodied, spice and hazelnuts, mint, blueberry and fresh blackberry, a juicy sort of acidity and a firm crunch to tannin,

spice and hazelnuts, mint, blueberry and fresh blackberry

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.

Gary Walsh - Winefront

Vibrant and deep ruby-red colour, purple tints to the lip. Raspberry, blueberry, musk stick and violet aromatics. Dark berries fill the front-palate, as they evolve across the tongue a layer of dark spices appears and underneath, we see hints of blood and stone.

Has many years ahead of it.

The tannins are a firm, guiding hand to drive the medium-weighted palate long and lingering. Has many years ahead of it.

Stuart Knox, The Real Review

13% Alc/Vol

pH 3.59

TA 6.0 g/L

Residual Sugar 0.0 g/L