Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz

Tim Kirk reports that 2013 was a return to the warm, sun-bathed seasons of the 2000s in Hilltops, with warm days and cool nights furnishing perfect ripeness. His is a refreshingly spice-driven Hilltop Shiraz, layered with violet perfume, pepper, dried herbs and black plum skins. Tannins are finely structured and drying, drawing out a long and exotic finish. October 2014 release. $28 direct.