What does ethereal mean? The dictionary describes it thus; extremely delicate or refined, exquisite, celestial or spiritual.
I’m going to hang that well used tag on the 2009 Moppity Vineyards Hilltops Shiraz.
This wine has a small percentage of Viognier co-fermented that is small enough to be unobtrusive yet enough to add another dimension to an already remarkable wine.
Colour is a light red-crimson.
Nose has a beautifully balanced array of fine and fragrant pepper spices, cherry, licorice and savoury oak. There is the tiniest hint of apricot from the viogner, lurking faintly in the background.
Palate is medium bodied, though it envelopes the mouth, and luscious with super fine grained tannins evident. A fragrant note of ripe stone fruit adds to to the mix that is concluded with superfine savoury tannins and a long and sublime finish.
This wine has received rave reviews from many quarters and rightly so. The lasting impression is one of abiding respect for the quality of the fruit that must have gone into this, and the sheer restraint of winemaker Jason Brown.
This is a wine of power and restraint, sublime balance with layers of high country intrigue.
James Halliday gave it 97 points in the 2013 edition of the Australian Wine Companion and described it thus; ‘Good crimson-purple; the small percentage of co-fermented viogner may have helped this beautifully balanced and composed wine, made from very low-yielding, drought affected vines, yet magically showing no signs of stress. The bouquet is beautifully fragrant and perfumed, the medium bodied palate with black and red cherry, licorice, spice and high quality oak flavours.’
If you still believe that NSW Shiraz is a back seat passenger to the more lauded models from Barossa, Adelaide Hills, Victoria et al; then you need to acquaint yourself with a bottle of this, This is one of the wines you need to drink before you pass on.