FREEMAN Shiraz 2017

Shiraz

NSW Hilltops has built its reputation on two classic varieties – shiraz and cabernet sauvignon – both grown on the FREEMAN Altura Vineyard.

TASTING NOTES
An intense blackberry coloured savoury wine distinguished by light pepper and spice aromas and distinctive dark cherry fruit underpinned by integrated vanillin oak. An complex wine that hovers entrancingly between elegance and power; refined tannin frame and length.  Enjoy with a seared Wagyu steak.

WINEMAKING
The Altura Vineyard encompasses a block of over 40-year-old shiraz vines, now showing that vine maturity contributes to exceptional intensity and balance when blended with more recent plantings. Selected parcels are chosen to craft this complete and complex shiraz hallmarked by its Hilltops origins.

The 2017 vintage season was pretty well by the book. Good rain when needed in November and December, then dry with moderate heat ideal for long, slow steady ripening. Picked a bit later than average allowing the fully ripe grapes to show intense flavour and balance.

NSW Hilltops has built its reputation on two classic varieties – shiraz and cabernet sauvignon – both grown on the FREEMAN Altura Vineyard.

TASTING NOTES
An intensely coloured savoury wine distinguished by light peppery spice aromas and distinctive dark cherry fruit underpinned by integrated vanillin oak. A voluptuous complex wine that hovers entrancingly between elegance and power. Cellaring will conjure a wine of significant stature.

WINEMAKING
The Altura Vineyard encompasses a block of over 40-year-old shiraz vines, now showing that vine maturity contributes to exceptional intensity and balance when blended with more recent plantings. Selected parcels are chosen to craft this complete and complex shiraz hallmarked by its Hilltops origins.

 

The 2014 vintage season was one of extremes starting with a late October frost that luckily did not affect the safely elevated shiraz block. Then came a mid-summer heatwave that intensified sugars and accelerated ripening. These conditions resulted in both colour and flavour intensity in fully ripe grapes displaying good acidity and balance.

NSW Hilltops has built its reputation on two classic varieties – shiraz and cabernet sauvignon – both grown on the FREEMAN Altura Vineyard.

TASTING NOTES
An intensely coloured wine distinguished by notes of pepper and spice underpinned by integrated vanillin oak. The full flavoured soft palate displays attractive fruit sweetness, a balanced minerality and rounded tannins. A pleasing plush cool climate shiraz that will age with grace.

WINEMAKING
The Altura Vineyard encompasses a block of over 40-year-old shiraz vines, now showing that vine maturity contributes to exceptional intensity and balance when blended with more recent plantings. Selected parcels are chosen to craft this complete and complex shiraz hallmarked by its Hilltops origins.
The 2013 vintage season was marked by good spring rains resulting in a balanced vine canopy. A very dry summer followed, with no rainfall recorded in January. This restricted yields and resulted in significant flavour concentration enhanced even further by the cool slow-ripening autumn. The grapes were harvested in early March with good acidity and balance to create this elegant quintessential shiraz.

  • Top Wine, NSW ‘State of Shiraz’ Tasting, GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE

‘Terrific shiraz from NSW’s under-sung region….Deep flavour, good intensity, ripe and lush.’
95 POINTS, HUON HOOKE, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD