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The indefatigable Tim Kirk, with an inexhaustible thirst for knowledge, is the winemaker and manager of this family winery founded by his father, scientist Dr John Kirk. It is not at all surprising that the quality of the wines is excellent, especially the Shiraz Viognier, which has paved the way for numerous others to follow, but remains the icon. Demand for the wines outstrips supply, even with the 1998 acquisition of an adjoining 20ha property by Tim and wife Lara Kirk, and planted to shiraz and viognier; the first Hilltops Shiraz being made in 2000, from the best Hilltops vineyards; the 2007 purchase by the Kirk family of another adjoining property, and the planting of another 1.8ha of shiraz, plus 0.4ha of grenache, mourvedre and cinsaut; and in the same year, the first vintage of ORiada Shiraz, now composed of contract- grown grapes from Canberra, plus any estate shiraz that misses the cut for Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier. Exports to all major markets.
Author: James Halliday
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