Canberra District Shiraz Viognier 2008

A gorgeous perfume and palate - just a gorgeous wine. The Viognier giving a noticeable apricot note together with dried black cherry and a touch of cinnamon. Medium to full bodied finishing with supple tannins. This has been the benchmark for Shiraz Viognier in Australia for as long as I can remember. — 4 months ago

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Canberra District Shiraz Viognier 2015

Brief notes. Meaty aromas - very savoury. See previous notes re this being Bryan Martin’s private venture while still working at Clonakilla with their Shiraz Viognier being the benchmark in the country. Love this Northern Rhone style wine. I was expecting pepper but got more spice and charcuterie. — a year ago

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Murrumbateman Pinot Noir 2019

Lighter in colour than I expected. Very fruity initial hit. Very pleasant and easy to drink. — 3 years ago


Murrumbateman Syrah 2009

Continuing my theme of Australian cool climate Shiraz - this from the Canberra District. Considered by many to be as good as Clonakilla’s flagship Shiraz Viognier. Nose of pepper and spice with red fruits. On the palate cherry and spice with earthy mineral notes finishing with persistent fine Tannins. A very good cool climate Australian Shiraz in the mould of a Saint Joseph or Cote Rotie. NB Delectable this is Clonakilla Syrah. Not offered in your choices. — 4 years ago

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Canberra District 2018

Delectable - this was the Viognier not the Nouveau Viognier which Is offered in the database. Pale lemon - bright and clean. Aromatics of orange blossom with faint ginger notes. Medium weight with medium plus palate intensity. Again, a good winter white. A bit hot for a white at 14.5% ABV but it works when it’s cold. The wine was barrel fermented with a year on lees in French Oak which has been totally absorbed into the wine. An excellent new World Viognier. Have the last one in 2024. — 6 months ago

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Shiraz Viognier 2012

xmas drinks. does not taste like shiraz. floral, mineral and herby but degrades after a while. quite smooth and complex — 2 years ago

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Hanlin Hill Riesling 2011

From the difficult wet 2011 vintage in South Australia - at least the whites fared better than the reds. Pale gold in colour, light in body but persistent in flavour with good length despite the vintage. The palate has put on weight over the years. A delicious and technically correct Clare Valley Riesling - no Kerosene. Interesting to compare with the Crawford River (2013) and the Clonakilla (2010). — 3 years ago

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Paul Jaboulet Aîné

La Chapelle Hermitage Syrah 2007

Quite fulsome and dense for a 15 year old Rhone - but it is Jaboulet La Chapelle. Probably opened too early - I only have one other. Ripe black fruits, some smoky notes, a touch of pepper. A little square sided on the full bodied palate. A Syrah with excellent potential but not worth the $417AUD I paid to be honest. One would be better off with 3 bottles of Clonakilla Shiraz/Viognier and some change in your pocket. — a year ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Ouch, that's about $285 USD, more than I'm willing to pay as well. We do have older and newer vintages and we didn't pay those prices here.
Bob McDonald

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Probably more import duty in this country.

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'Upton Downs' Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015

One of best wines this year - noir with complexity -
love the fruity jam like textures that remind me of a clonakilla Shiraz lovely wine .
— 3 years ago


Premium Riesling 2010

Musky and mineral notes. Lime rather than lemon on nose and palate with grapefruit. The shrill acidity of 8 years ago now diminished but still high at 10 years of age. Quite tangy and refreshing. The Canberra District has proven to be very suitable for Riesling with producers like Helm and Clonakilla. — 3 years ago

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Travis W

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Hi Bob. Is it still good to hold? I've got a few 09s in the cellar. Had a stunning 05 Clonakilla the other week. Loads of time left in it.
Bob McDonald

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@Travis W I would say so Travis. Certainly plenty of acid left. Just tasted a 2002 Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling which blew us away. Notes to follow.