Monday, July 5, 2010


- Adelaide Hills, SA
- $30
- Screwcap
- 14.5%alc

Located between the townships of Hahndorf and Balhannah in the central Adelaide Hills (right near Shaw and Smith), Hahndorf Hill is a boutique winery famous with locals for its proudly modern, visitor-friendly cellar door. Hahndorf Hill's sole red wine (with the exception of a sporadic blaufrankisch) is a shiraz made in the Adelaide Hills' typically rich, spicy style.

Showing great depth and vibrancy of colour, HHW's 2007 Shiraz opens to floral, savoury scents of game meats, violets, dark plum and blackberry backed by cinnamon and white pepper with a modest touch of vanilla/cedar/chocolate oak evident. Held together by a manageable, dry and powdery structure, its medium-full bodied palate bursts with rich, velvety dark plums and berries augmented by savoury, earthy undertones. It finishes positively long, displaying balance, vitality and a mouthfilling richness underlined by lingering notes of choc-raisin, clove and fennel.

ü+ Like their regional neighbours Shaw and Smith, Hahndorf Hill has delivered a winning shiraz from 2007. Although not as exotic or spicy as some recent releases, it's richly flavoured, harmonious and most importantly; delicious. Drink to 2016.
92 points

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