Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz

Finesse before power. True to the cool, wet 2011 vintage, this is a lighter, spicier and more textural rendition of Hilltops, laced with notes of violet perfume, crunchy blackberry fruit and an overlay of pepper. Fine, textural tannins carry its savoury fruit elegance long into the finish. A flattering style that makes for a compelling, albeit atypical, Hilltops. $25 direct and at WineStar, Aussie Wines, Wine List Australia, Discount Wines, No Frills Wine and The Museum Wine Shop.