Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

30th April, 2012

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

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.


1st November, 2011

Savoury…bilberry perfume, leaf, herb, earth and spice bouquet. Packed with crunchy black and red fruit with an incense lift. Integrated tannins.

12th October, 2011

Jancis Robinson MW, 17 points

So correct and dry and fresh and proper! This is real wine with a story. Very good value. Flirtatious and silky.

12th September, 2011

Sarah Ahmed

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.

28th December, 2011

Sarah Ahmed

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.

13th October, 2011

Jancis Robinson MW, 16.5 points

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.

28th September, 2011

Natasha Hughes, 17.5 points

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.

Australian Wine Companion

27th July, 2011

James Halliday, 94 points

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.