Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2006

Bottle variation appears to be an issue with this wine.  In my most recent tasting of it (July 2011) it showed extremely well.  So well, in fact, that I would gladly buy more of it.  An aroma of pepper and spices, was met on the palate with notes of plums, pepper and quite long persistence in the mouth.  Yet, earlier tastings were not so promising, with its great aroma somewhat disappointingly let down by a short palate.  Anywhere between 82 and 89 points.  This wine traverses the range from only "good", to being just shy of a wine that is quite special.

Abv: 14.5%
Price: mid to high $20s
Website: http://www.clonakilla.com.au/

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