Hilltops, Southern New South Wales


Canberra District Shiraz Viognier 2018

Holy smokes! This was phenomenal. I knew there was quite a bit of hype with the 2018 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier on release (96-99 points from the usual suspects), but I didn't think it could live up to it. It sure did though, and I'd even go so far to say that this was the best young Shiraz I've had this year, both southern and northern hemisphere included. The perfume was just plain intoxicating - fresh red cherries, plums, violets, and roses, with a lovely touch of savoury spice, pepper and meat. However, that was just the cherry on the cake because the palate really knocked it out of the park. Super fine texture with tannins that are just made of pure silk. There's serious power and persistence here, all delivered in a precise and elegant package. The flavours are pure and delineated, with a long chalky, acid-driven finish that I absolutely adore. Surely a wine that rewards the patient. One for going deep on. — 25 days ago

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James Halliday

Hunter River Traminer Riesling 1979

Actually a cleanskin of the Lindemans bin 5687 Traminer Riesling and I am not sure if the Riesling was instead a semillon at that stage.
The wine was absolutely past its peak, but had some freshness and a long after taste.
Bought on auction from James Halliday' cellar collection.
1979 was a great vintage in Hunter Valley
Surely happy I tried, but not the greatest.

After 4 hrs I go back on the remaining half btl of the wine which was left unattended on the kitchen bench with a random cork inserted since its own obviously crumbed at the opening.
Well, don't ask me, but the wine has opened up aromas earlier hidden of white chocolate, macadamia, hay, ginger, apricot jam, a bountiful of flowers, lemon grass, English breakfast tea and so much more. Not so sweet at all and very enjoyable now. Definitely something I might not be able to experience again perhaps.
— 20 days ago

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@Ceccherini Cristiano Great experimentation Cec. There would be some hidden gems in Halliday’s huge cellar.
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@Bob McDonald I feel like I will pour some in the sink😄😄, but the good ones are going to be unforgettable. I did get some old whites from the Hunter that might be fireworks...or not😅


Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz 2000

Wonderfully fresh for 20 year Shiraz. Meaty, dark fruited, wonderful balance. Will surely go for several more years but hard to imagine that it could get better than this. — 3 days ago

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Alchemy Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

First time for this producer and very rarely have wines from the Orange District. Lovely aromatics, not really Cab Sauv but then I noticed the blend was 45% Cab Sauvignon; 45% Cab Franc; 10% Shiraz. A lovely Aussie right bank rendition you might say. Red and black fruits with plum and tobacco notes. The palate is sweetish and luscious texture with supple tannins. This wine proves that Orange Is an accredited Australian wine district for both Reds and Whites taking in Hilltops. Have experienced the excellent whites from here and must seek out more Reds based on the quality of this wine. — 11 days ago

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Mount Pleasant Wines

Elizabeth Hunter Valley Sémillon 2001

I know that this isn't a fancy super expensive wine, but if you are patient to cellar it it will open a door of perception, an insight on the Hunter Valley semillon, it could indeed be a textbook as an aged sample and descriptor of the category.
Lime jelly, macadamia, lanolin, lemongrass, mineral and the more you swirl the more it gives you all in perfect balance. An outstanding performer that very rarely disappoints.
Long and generous.
— 17 days ago

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Berton Vineyards

Metal Label Big Rivers Moscato Frizzanté 2019

Berton Vineyards - Moscato Frizzante - Big Rivers - Riverina - Australia

Enjoyed this wine very much, nice floral and lime, easy drinking at 7% ABV
— 17 days ago

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Hunter Valley Sémillon 2017

Opened up elegantly over a hour’s time... honeycomb, beeswax, white flowers and melon. Tart green apple skin and chunky limestone on the palate. Medium plus acid, which builds. Medium weight. Well balanced. 10.9% — 5 days ago

Huntington Estate

Mudgee Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 1979

Also labelled FB19
Definitely in a decadent vest
Past its peak
But what a spectrum of scents and flavours have developed
From moganhy to a marvellous cigar box
Pipe tobacco, a cherry just whispered
Tea leaves, pomegranate and so much more
Quite long
I would say that the fruit doesn't support the evolution of the tertiary and all up it is a shame
But still....
Mudgee 1979, chapeau
Ps one more from the James Halliday's collection
— 2 days ago

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Sémillon Verdelho 1983

One more from the James Halliday's Collection
Never had a blend semillon verdelho, but i must admit you you can tell than 80% is sem
The wine kept marvellously, it is still fresh and there is a touch of oak which you can hardly tell since the toasty side of the semillon has developed fully, but all the other elements are covered up
A bit of mandarin and loquat
Nutmeg, ginger, white pepper and coriander
Mushroon, thyme and oregano
Graphite, hazelnut, straw and marzipan
It is long and perhaps not for everyone palate(which is probably a minus), but i wish everyone to open a 37yo white wine that has hot so much to say. Should I add how much I love my Hunter Semillon? I reckon everyone knows😅

BTW early morning after in the empty glass left on the table I smell apple crumble with cinnamon..i must be dying for breakfast 😁
— 13 days ago

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@Ira Schwartz prices went sky-rocketing, but there was so much to choose from. I am sorry you missed out. I was adrenaline for a month waiting for the day.🤪🤪
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@Ceccherini Cristiano @Bob McDonald given the logistics it’s unlikely I would’ve bid. If I were involved, I definitely would’ve put a premium on the wonderful provenance .

Mount Pleasant Wines

Blue Label Hunter Valley Cellar Aged Sémillon 2009

So elegant, enjoyable and still in its secondaries
At least another 5 years to go
— 15 days ago

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