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Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Hilltops New South Wales
A collation of superior vineyard parcels, crafted by a boutique estate which has been recognized as one of Australia's leading wineries. Clonakilla is dedicated to making distinctive, handcrafted wines, only ever released in limited quantities, anything by Clonakilla can be hard to find, but they are worth the search. The house speciality is Shiraz, Clonakilla unashamedly borrow techniques from Burgundy and Vallée du Rhône. Clonakilla's inaugural vintage claimed two gold medals, one silver and two trophies in only three showings.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$347.00
Clonakilla was established by a Canberra research scientist in 1971, very near the village of Murrumbateman in New South Wales. The soils here consist of sandy clay loams over a friable clay subsoil and, with a climate not dissimilar to Bordeaux and the northern Rhone Valley, he held high hopes for its viticultural potential. The wine itself is ultimately determined in the vineyard where hard work is required to open up the vine leaf canopies, limiting yields and encouraging vines to make grapes with riper flavour profiles. The vinification process embraces old world techiques such as the inclusion of whole bunches in the ferments, macerations and extravagant French oak barrel maturation.
A wine of intense colour. Striking aromas and generous, full flavoured palate. Loaded with ripe blackberry fruit pushed along by a late surge of blackcurrant and spice, the warmth of the autumn radiates through every part of this wine. Clonakilla is a breathtaking Shiraz wine, with gold medals, trophies and numerous five star reviews in succession. Great now if you love a powerful red, but leave some in the cellar for five to ten years to taste its full potential.
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