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CLONAKILLA HILLTOPS SHIRAZ 2010 CLONAKILLA HILLTOPS SHIRAZ 2010

Clonakilla is recognised as one of Australia's leading estates and this wine is simply a "straight" Shiraz from a lower lying area than the Shiraz/ Viognier but for the price, it gives the more expensive wine a pretty good run for its money - not cheap, but great value.




VINEYARD
The fruit for this wine was picked in mid to late march, selected from three vineyards around the town of Young in New South Wales in the Hilltops district, the Canberra District's closest neighbouring wine region. The altitude is marginally lower than Canberra so the grapes tend to come in around two weeks before those grown on the estate. Soils are deep red loams over light clay, giving distinctive black berry and blackcurrant notes to the wine, reminiscent more of the Northern Rhone than the Barossa Valley.

GRAPE VARIETIES
100% Shiraz

VINIFICATION
2010 was the year the drought broke. The rain started on Christmas Day 2009 and fell on a number of occasions through summer and early autumn. The water was a blessing for thirsty vines, but choosing picking dates became a race against the weather. As it turned out, the last of the Hilltops fruit came in just before the heavens opened. The grapes were in excellent condition.

The grapes were destemmed and fermented warm together with 20% whole bunches. The wine was matured for 11 months in French oak, 15% new. The wine was racked once during its maturation in oak

TASTING NOTE
Deep colour and a vibrant aroma of dark cherries, blackcurrants, summer herbs and spice. The palate is warm and inviting with plenty of crunchy tannin.

CLOSURE:    Stelvin

ALCOHOL:    14% (10.5 units per bottle)




Per Bottle 17.99

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