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Westend Estate Cool Climate Series Shiraz

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Westend Estate Cool Climate Series Shiraz

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep crimson; a poised and fragrant bouquet of fresh blackberry, Asian spices and a splash of ironstone minerality; the palate is medium-bodied and finely detailed, with the tannins being plush and silky, finishing with a generous and warm touch of hoi sin; excellent value for the price.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
92
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Vivid purple hue; fragrant blackberry and mulberry spiced bouquet; medium-bodied, with smoked meats, tar and chewy tannins to conclude.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2009 Vintage) says
Hilltops is a premium New South Wales wine region mostly in the game of higher priced reds, though we're increasingly seeing good, affordable wines falling out the bottom end. Good news for drinkers! When this vintage is released, it'll be worth looking out for too. It's dark, blackberried and spicy and tastes like it's just been bottled (it has a slight spritz, which will dissipate before long). It's got fine rippling tannins, weight and flavour and tastes like real wine, given the price. Give it a couple of years to strut its stuff.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep purple hue; well-made, medium-bodied wine that has good typicity for Hilltops; the ripe blackberry fruit has an embroidery of spice; good balance and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
91
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
This is a spicy, cool, elegant Hilltops shiraz at a keen price. Pepper nuances, red fruits and dried savoury herbs are under laid by finely textured tannins.
89
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Hilltops is a premium New South Wales wine region mostly in the game of higher priced reds, though we're increasingly seeing good, affordable wines falling out the bottom end. If you see a 'cheap' red with the Hilltops name stated on the front label, there's a fair chance it will be good. We tasted this just after it had been bottled, and it was still settling into its new skin. It's clearly a good wine - it may be even better than we've rated it. We like to be cautious. It's spicy, plummy and clean, its texture satiny and its sense of balance and control spot-on. Quite a bit of tannin too. We like this!
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
90

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