Gary Walsh wrote in the Wine Front, February 2016:
Tasted : Feb16
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $40
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2016 - 2024
A richer style of Semillon with gentle spice, ripe limes, maybe something like white nectarine and a subtle sweet grassy perfume. It’s flavoursome, but intense and focussed, and really bursts through the palate and keeps running with superb flinty length. Dry and almost chalky in the texture department. Raw almond in the aftertaste? I’d suspect it will develop honeyed flavours with bottle age and develop for quite a long time, though it’s lovely to drink young.
2006 Cabernet/Merlot/Petit Verdot
Boutique producers Phil and Mary Broderick have stuck to this estate Bordeaux-like blend whatever the vintage reveals, and here it is at its best - superb ripeness, an assured balance between fine tannins and cabernet fruit richness, and a little leaf, earth and subtle woody momentum. Only small quantities left.
Tony Love, Top 100
Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot 2006
Such a gloriously honest, open-faced beauty is everything people seem to yearn for in the cabernet-centric blend, with its varieties selected with deep understanding and gastronomic intelligence. Its bouquet is minty and floral, acrid blue like a smoking gun, carbon-black, with polished walnut oak and sexy, bright-dark fruits, musk and confectioner’s sugar, perfectly entwined in the palate with supportive natural acidity; it’s all here in sassy, confident abundance. A lovely, bright, Bordeaux-style wine which will live a breezy decade, this is the best Hills cabernet blend I’ve seen so far. Congratulations to winemaker/growers Philip and Mary Broderick!
Wait for re-release late 2010
Philip White - INDEPENDENT WEEKLY December 18, 2010