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RegionHilltops, NSW
WinemakerAndrew Higgins
ColourVibrant red purple
AromaAromas of dark cherry, violets and blueberry fruits with a seductive toasty oak.
PalateA medium bodied Shiraz with fleshy blueberry fruits, vanilla oak and chewy sinewy tannins. Has a focused tannin core that balances out the overall slippery mid-palate fruits. Will need up to 3 years in bottle before arriving at its ideal drinking window.
Growing ConditionsAn excellent vintage with warm days and cool nights which is utopia for growing winemaking grapes. However, spring frosts wiped out blocks on lower sites with poor cold air drainage. This resulted in a lower regional crush but quality was high due to only being from the most suitable sites. A hot and dry growing season resulted in balanced canopies with low yields and concentrated fruit. Some rainfall occurred during February & March which was a positive as it refreshed the vines and gave them sufficient water to get through to harvest with minimal stress. There was no disease pressure due to the great canopies and low yields.
Vinification/MaturationHand picked in the cool of the morning. Fermented in open top stainless steel with 25% whole clusters included. Cold soaked for 5 days prior to allowing the tank to gently warm up then inoculated with yeast. Hand plunged only for a total time on skins of 2.5 weeks. Gently pressed then racked to barrel for maturation for 10 months on fine less with no rackings. Barrels were a mix of 35% new French oak hogsheads with the balance 1 to 4 year old hogsheads. Final wine was carefully blended in January then lightly fined prior to bottling.
Alcohol/Vol13.5%
pH3.5pH
Acidity (TA)6.7 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date06-07-2015
Peak DrinkingDrinking well now but will reward medium to long term cellaring
The deep colour signals a wine with power and complexity; the bouquet is both spicy and savoury, black fruits dripping from every bower of the tree, precision-shaped tannins and quality oak perfectly matched.
94 points
James HallidayWine Companion
Body of fruit here is excellent. It’s beautifully ripened too. Blueberry and black cherry, almost into asphalt. Warm but flowing and energetic. Tannin tumbles through the back half of the wine, firm but in-step with the flavour. Oak is malty and toasty but not in an overt or thick way; in general this is a well-handled and well-balanced wine. Indeed it’s hard to imagine anyone being disappointed here; quality is right up there.
94 points
Campbell MattinsonThe Wine Front

With a philosophy to source top quality fruit from a single, meticulously managed vineyard, McWilliam’s Single Vineyard delivers distinctly elegant & balanced wines. The 2014 vintage of the McWilliam’s Single Vineyard Shiraz came from the Hillrose vineyard nurtured by the Clark Family, third generation Hilltops farmers, dedicated to producing elegant and spicy medium-bodied Shiraz.

“The Single Vineyard range is an exciting development for McWilliam’s winemaking. Being site specific they showcase individual quality and personality, delivering wines of nuance and detail. This enables our viticulture and winemaking teams to push the quality and learn more about the terroir of each vineyard.” Andrew Higgins – McWilliam’s Premium Winemaker

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm

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