McW Reserve 660 Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The “McW Reserve 660” is from McWilliams, the Hilltops wine region is in New South Wales north of Canberra and “660” is presumably a reference to its bin number. ¬†In the glass, this is another deeply coloured wine, with aromas and flavours of ripe black fruits. ¬†The palate is dry, the tannins filmy and firmContinue reading “McW Reserve 660 Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon 2015”

A couple of Venetos; Speri La Roverina Valpolicella Classico 2014 and Speri Amarone della Valpolicella 2011

I don’t drink too many Valpolicellas. ¬†While Italian grapes such as nebbiolo and sangiovese are firmly now part of the Australian lingua franca, I suspect that the Valpolicella varieties of corvina, molinara and rondinella enjoy little recognition whatsoever outside of speciality circles in Australia. ¬†Corvina is the most well regarded of these grape varieties, producingContinue reading “A couple of Venetos; Speri La Roverina Valpolicella Classico 2014 and Speri Amarone della Valpolicella 2011”

Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2008

I went long on Clonakilla’s Hilltops shiraz in the mid to late 2000s, noting in a tasting that it resembled its more famous sibling the Clonakilla shiraz viognier and was substantially cheaper, and frankly winemaker Tim Kirk just presents so likeably. ¬†Yet despite being well made, I have more or less poked past them inContinue reading “Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2008”

Windowrie The Mill Cabernet Merlot 2013

From the Hilltops region in New South Wales, this cabernet merlot from Windowrie needed some air to settle down. ¬†Initial aromatics of shoe polish, wood, ash and some sweaty characters, gave way to a more expected expression of bay leaf and dark plum. ¬†The palate is gamey and a little jumpy appearing at times bothContinue reading “Windowrie The Mill Cabernet Merlot 2013”

Manners Hilltops Shiraz 2013

James Manners and Nick Bacon of the Well Mannered Wine Co. ¬†Source: So, I was a little surprised to see a new label of Hilltops shiraz marked at $45 retail. ¬†Until I tasted it that is and found myself thinking that it had been priced rather fairly given the obvious quality at hand. ¬†TheContinue reading “Manners Hilltops Shiraz 2013”

Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2011

I met Tim Kirk, the winemaker at Clonakilla, many years ago at a dinner tasting various verticals of his wines, including his now famous shiraz viognier. ¬†That the dinner ticket included a “take home” bottle of his shiraz viognier I thought was a pretty good deal at the time, though I suspect demand has firmedContinue reading “Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2011”