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It has been a remarkable journey for Clonakilla. When John Kirk planted the first vines in 1971 he had no idea that his vineyard would one day be celebrated as one of the best in the country. Along the way there have been trials and tribulations as well as moments of unprecendented success. Over time something important has become clear: Murrumbateman and Shiraz are one of those rare combinations in the world of wine that can produce something truly exciting.

This Shiraz is made from grapes selected from five vineyards in the Hilltops District around Young on the South Western slopes of New South Wales.

Tim Kirk describes this as the ripest, blackest Hilltops shiraz “since the epic 2009″. Licorice, black cherries, a noticeable hit of viognier, a gentle lift of mint. This is a soft, generous wine, ready to rip now but with the balance and tannin to see it mature for many a year. If you’ve enjoyed Clonakilla’s Hilltops shiraz in the past, this one’s a no-brainer. If you’ve never tried it; this would be a good place to start. Rating: 93+ Points; Drink: 2016-2026+; Price: $35; Date Tasted: July 2015; Alcohol: 14%; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

Deep crimson-purple; unlike the colour, the moderate alcohol gives no clue about the wine, full to the brim with saturnine black fruits, the tannins part of the wine's DNA; says Tim Kirk on the back label 'Ten years in a cool cellar would do it no harm at all', my only question being what about 20 years? Rating: 95 Points; Drink by: 2034; Price: $35.00; Date Tasted: March 2015; Alcohol: 14%; James Halliday Wine Companion


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