Freeman Altura Vineyard Shiraz, Hilltops 2013, AUD $27
Terrific shiraz from NSW’s under-sung region. The colour is deep red/purple, the aromas are ripely spicy with a trace of ginger. Deep flavour, good intensity, ripe and lush, backed with fine tannins and smart structure. A winning combination of spice and ripeness. (13.5 per cent alcohol; screw cap)
Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view on huonhooke.com
Ageing: Up to 15 years.
Food: Aged Comté cheese.
Stockists: Annandale Cellars (NSW); The Melbourne Wine Store (Vic.)
Ranked #2 of 31 2013 Shiraz tasted from Southern New South Wales
Price Benchmark: AUD $69.29 Avg 95pt 2013 Shiraz tasted from Australia