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Why do we love this wine?

Pass me my sunnies, it’s a bit bright in here next to all this bling. If you’ve never heard of Hilltops before, this showstopper is reason in itself to check out this overachieving region. It’s been the source of Jimmy Watson and Great Australian Shiraz Challenge trophy winners, and its glorious grapes are the magic ingredient. Brought to life by the legendary Tim Kirk, this incredible vino is a blinder.

Profile

Cherry
Cloves
Spice
Medium-bodied
Bright
Dense

Combining shiraz and viognier is common practice in the Rhone region of France, the spiritual home of this grape blend. It’s wine that’s achieved near mythical status and stratospheric prices in Côte-Rôtie, thanks mainly to the efforts of an icon called E. Guigal who consistently wows the world. Tim Kirk is one of the lucky ones who has visited and tasted these fabled wines, and they inspired him to create his own shiraz viognier magic in Australia for Grove Estate, as well as Clonakilla.

If the awards and high acclaim are anything to go by, Kirk appears to have cast a spell on the critics. And it’s not hard to see why. Intense and aromatic, it jumps from the glass with lively cherries, cloves and spice. The palate is elegant, graceful and peppery with a rustic texture and lingering finish. Thoughtful and poised, this is the kind wine you stare at and think “is this really just $14.80?”. To which we say, ‘don’t look a gift horse in the mouth’.

Awards

Gold Sydney International Wine Competition 2016
Gold Australian Boutique Wine Awards 2015
Gold Hilltops Wine Of The Year Awards 2015
Gold 2015 Australian Small Winemakers Show
Jeremy Oliver. This dude is a tough marker.
Trophy Hilltops Wine of the Year Awards 2015
Wine Nerd Stuff
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Specs

Region
Hilltops
Vintage
2014
Cellaring
2022
Preservatives
220
Alcohol by Vol.
13.5%
Closure
Screwcap
Bottle Vol
750mL
Blend Info
Serving Temp.
16.0°C

Winemaking

Crafting

Region

Hilltops
Food Union
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Goes with

Beef
Lamb
Rich Sauces
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Dinner parties
Fireside and fairytales
Romantic dinner for two
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