Pronounced aromas of black cherry compote, eucalyptus and warm blackberries with hints of smoky bacon and violets. Medium-bodied and generously fruited in the mouth, it has a medium level of velvety tannins and lively acid, finishing long and spicy.
Savoury…bilberry perfume, leaf, herb, earth and spice bouquet. Packed with crunchy black and red fruit with an incense lift. Integrated tannins.
So correct and dry and fresh and proper! This is real wine with a story. Very good value. Flirtatious and silky.
A cooler year and this is a fabulous celebration of spice. Lovely life, lift and texture to its cinnamon-edged succulent black cherry and berry fruit with liquorice. A cool clay tang lends texture and bottom to the long finish. Terrific.
Top 5 Wines of the Year (Australia)
Tim Kirk’s wines never fail to impress me and, in this cooler year, the “budget” Hilltops Shiraz is an absolute Christmas cracker or, to borrow a phrase from Captain Kirk, it’s a fabulous celebration of spice. Lovely life, lift and texture to its cinnamon-edged succulent black cherry and berry fruit with liquorice. A cool clay tang lends texture and bottom to the long finish. Terrific.
Crimson. Sweet and direct nose. I thought at first I was going to encounter yet another cookie cutter vibrant Aussie Shiraz but it’s much more complex on the palate. Real grunt and earthiness.
A terrific wine... It has a touch of Australian mintiness paired with a dark cocoa note, a combination that brought to mind Bendicks’ bittermints, as well as rich, spicy, dark fruit. It’s a generous wine, but plush tannins and fresh acidity prevent it from tipping over into caricature.
Full red-purple...the bouquet is complex, with warm spices threaded through dark cherry and blackberry fruit, the medium- to full-bodied palate with ripe fruit complemented by firm tannins and quality oak.