HILLTOPS – NSW
Parlez-vous français? Nah – Australian.
Well, with a slight accent, perhaps!
James says: Layered. Seductive. Blackberry. Plum.
We say: Like a nice big hug. A lovely, reasonably full-bodied Shiraz of single vineyard origin that benefits greatly from air. Bit of cedar here as a reminder of its timber buddies, but above all, gorgeous, layered and fresh fruit. Elegant. Great NSW wine to have on by the glass, 48-72 hrs, no problems, just gets better with air.
NB. Full-bodied – a lot of Australian Shiraz wines are overweight in our books. This one is just right.
The current available vintage 2015 is drinking beautifully, with years ahead of it.
It's easy to forget when working in the wine 'trade' how much some people like Shiraz. Absolutely love it.
And so do we. Not the jammy ones. Nor the dusty ones. I'm looking for fruit purity, whether barrel fermented or barrel matured, or both, an whatever other choices were made along the way.
The Hilltops region is finally starting get recognition for its ability to combine high altitude freshness with the ripeness that can be achieved during long cool Autumn days, without having to dip into sweetest of the jam jars.
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