Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz

An elegant and refreshingly medium-bodied take on Hilltops, in a fragrant an enticing style to enjoy right away, with deceptive potential to develop for a decade. Five vineyards around Young have conspired to build a perfumed and spicy shiraz that conjures associations with rose petals, violets, incense and black pepper, against a backdrop of tangy red cherries and berry fruit compote. Soft, finely textured, gravelly tannins and pepper linger on the finish. $23 at Jim Murphy’s.