Matthew Jukes, Canberra District Tastings 2013
"There is an insane pepper component in this wine which drives me wild. The fruit is attractive, slim and juicy giving this wine a weightless appeal on the mid-palate. It’s like drinking Crozes-Hermitage after a makeover. Precocious, alluring and yet clearly a wine that will develop more in the bottle this is a tour de force from Eden Road."
Winsor Dobbin, Winsor's Choice
"Winemaker Nick Spencer has everything in place with gorgeous bright fruit, hints of pepper and spice, structure and balance. While this is drinking superbly already (it will be released in March), I suspect it will also cellar well, and it is extremely food friendly with a sensible 13% alcohol. This is a wine at the cutting edge of new-wave Australian shiraz. Lovely stuff."
BACKGROUND Hilltops is located around the town of Young, approximately 180 km north west of Canberra. With an altitude of 500 metres above sea level, the region has a distinctly continental climate characterised by hot days and cool nights. Soils vary with yellow crackling clays, basalt and decomposed granite -...