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Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz

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Clonakilla means meadow of the church and is the name of the founder's grandfathers farm in County Clare, Ireland. Dr John Kirk founded Clonakilla vineyard at Murrumbateman, 40 kilometres north of Canberra, in 1971 after his scientific curiosity led him to question why vines were not being grown in this area. His research showed that the soil and climate seemed suited to certain varieties. In 1997 Tim Kirk, the fourth of John's six sons, took over responsibility for winemaking. Today, Clonakilla is recognised as one of the leading estates in Australia.
The grapes for this Shiraz were selected from three vineyards in the Hilltops district around Young in New South Wales, 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.
The wine was matured for twelve months in French oak, 18% new. The wine is racked once during its twelve month maturation in oak.
Intense black-red colour, this wine is loaded with ripe blackberry fruit pushed along by a late surge of blackcurrant and spice. Great now but will develop in the cellar for five to ten years to taste its full potential.

"Dark shiraz fruit, with blackberry, roast meat and a gentle spice background; medium-bodied with serious intent, the tannins are ripe, the fruit juicy and the finish, long and savoury; lovely harmony.
Rating 94 To 2015"
James Halliday's Wine Companion 2010

"Lovely fragrant aromas, cool stylish piquant black cherry and plum fruits with exellent lenght. Great with roast beef or pork."
John Wilson's Autumn Wines, The Irish Times, 3rd Oct 09.

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