Clonakilla, Hilltops Shiraz, NSW, Australia, 2013
This wine: varietal shiraz, screw cap closure, 14% abv, Philglass and Swiggott, £24 (2015)
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of red plum, spice, vanilla, cinnamon, toast, smoke, peony, over-ripe red currant, blueberry, blackberry, and whiffs of liquorice and sweet tobacco.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of black cherry, black berry boiled sweets, smoke, cinnamon and liquorice. A medium (+) length with a black fruited lightly grippy finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, nicely balanced acidity and ripe tannins with intensity of flavour and alcohol; promising intensity on the nose does not follow right through into the finish; showing some complexity with oak derived notes complementing the ripe fruit character; mid-palate concentration a little lacking.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: drink now, not suitable for further ageing – the balance is there, but concentration and indicative length suggest that it will keep for 2-3 years, but not improve.