Blackberry and raspberry, showing a bit of creamy spicy oak as a young pup, but it’s fairly high quality and well done, then gentle earthiness and subtle floral notes. Medium bodied, silky web of fine grained tannin, lovely purity of fruit – forest berries mainly – bright but intense, with well bedded acidity and a long clean minerally finish. Seamless and all just so. Such high quality wine with a long life ahead. 

94 Points

Drink 2019 - 2030+

Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front




Planted in the early 1960’s by Barry Drayton the Hillside Vineyard is characterised by red clay loam over a limestone dome.  This Shiraz is from the eastern facing, low yielding, blocks towards base of the hill where the vines are protected from the ravages of the afternoon sun.




Hand harvested, de-stemmed and cold soaked for seven days to retain bright purple hues. Cool and rapid fermentation prior to pressing, followed by sequential racking to ensure that wine was matured in oak without lees. Matured over twelve months in a combination of French demi-muids and puncheons (35% new.




Mid crimson with purple hints.




Roasted brown and black spice over bright red and black fruits with vanillin oak notes and blackberries.




A poised and balanced combination of savoury, sweet and spicy. Blackberry and raspberry flavoured palate with fine structural tannin, complex oak notes and red spice with hints of black pepper complete a modern style typical of the region and vintage.

Technical Specifications


Yield: 3.2 t/Ha (1.3t/ac)


Harvest Density: 13.9°Be


Harvest Date: 4th February


pH: 3.49


Acidity: 6.4 g/L


Alcohol: 13.8% v/v


R.S: 2.2 g/L


Cellaring:            Monitor in cellar through to 2029 and beyond.

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