Tried another bottle of Clonakilla's Hilltops Shiraz 2004. This isn't Clonakilla's top wine, the Shiraz Viognier, but is instead a sort of second wine made from fruit bought in from the Hilltops district near Young in New South Wales. It's fantastic stuff. Ripe, but not too ripe, with really well defined dark, meaty plum and blackberry fruit. There's a bit of sterness here alongside the sweet ripe fruit. It really works for me. I bought this from Andrew Chapman for about £13 a bottle, if I recall correctly.
Tomorrow morning I have an early start for a daytrip to Toulouse. It involves me getting a train at 0506, catching the Gatwick Express around 6 am and then flying with easyjet, then returning home around midnight. What joy! Should be a good day, but you can't be doing this sort of journey more than once or twice a week.