Clonakilla

Canberra District Shiraz Viognier

9.3131 ratings
9.333 pro ratings
Canberra District, Southern New South Wales, New South Wales, Australia
Shiraz Blend
Top Notes For
LM Segal

Completely crazy good. Nose of tangy berry and Smokey dark fruit after 90 mins. Smooth and layered, charcoal, black fruit and black tea, red clay. So much secondary stuff going on.

Completely crazy good. Nose of tangy berry and Smokey dark fruit after 90 mins. Smooth and layered, charcoal, black fruit and black tea, red clay. So much secondary stuff going on.

Nov 1st, 2020
Aaron Tan

Holy smokes! This was phenomenal. I knew there was quite a bit of hype with the 2018 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier on release (96-99 points from the usual suspects), but I didn't think it could live up to it. It sure did though, and I'd even go so far to say that this was the best young Shiraz I've had this year, both southern and northern hemisphere included. The perfume was just plain intoxicating - fresh red cherries, plums, violets, and roses, with a lovely touch of savoury spice, pepper and meat. However, that was just the cherry on the cake because the palate really knocked it out of the park. Super fine texture with tannins that are just made of pure silk. There's serious power and persistence here, all delivered in a precise and elegant package. The flavours are pure and delineated, with a long chalky, acid-driven finish that I absolutely adore. Surely a wine that rewards the patient. One for going deep on.

Holy smokes! This was phenomenal. I knew there was quite a bit of hype with the 2018 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier on release (96-99 points from the usual suspects), but I didn't think it could live up to it. It sure did though, and I'd even go so far to say that this was the best young Shiraz I've had this year, both southern and northern hemisphere included. The perfume was just plain intoxicating - fresh red cherries, plums, violets, and roses, with a lovely touch of savoury spice, pepper and meat. However, that was just the cherry on the cake because the palate really knocked it out of the park. Super fine texture with tannins that are just made of pure silk. There's serious power and persistence here, all delivered in a precise and elegant package. The flavours are pure and delineated, with a long chalky, acid-driven finish that I absolutely adore. Surely a wine that rewards the patient. One for going deep on.

Oct 3rd, 2020
Scott Rowe

A masculine showing of this wine today, vintage traits perhaps?
Generally known as a vibrant and balanced wine but today a little heavy handed.
How amazing is wine!?

A masculine showing of this wine today, vintage traits perhaps?
Generally known as a vibrant and balanced wine but today a little heavy handed.
How amazing is wine!?

Apr 17th, 2020
Ceccherini Cristiano

Very composed, young and fresh
Silky tannin
Quite old world style
Raspberry, irony and pretty floral
Already enjoyable

Very composed, young and fresh
Silky tannin
Quite old world style
Raspberry, irony and pretty floral
Already enjoyable

Oct 4th, 2019
Bob McDonald

At the Toowoomba Wine Show judges dinner. My contribution from Magnum and the benchmark for Shiraz Viognier in Australia. Unfortunately the cork gods conspired against us. No rating from me.

At the Toowoomba Wine Show judges dinner. My contribution from Magnum and the benchmark for Shiraz Viognier in Australia. Unfortunately the cork gods conspired against us. No rating from me.

Oct 1st, 2019
Bob McDonald

Hopefully Delectable will find the extensive note I have already made and save me redoing it. It was still submitting after half an hour. Similar story to my 2 previous wines. This was a stunning Northern Rhone look alike.

Hopefully Delectable will find the extensive note I have already made and save me redoing it. It was still submitting after half an hour. Similar story to my 2 previous wines. This was a stunning Northern Rhone look alike.

Jan 3rd, 2019
Scott Rowe

Always a highlight in any flight.

Always a highlight in any flight.

Oct 18th, 2018
Bob McDonald

Very fragrant - spices and notes of violets. From a warmer year in the Canberra district. Always has been Northern Rhone in style. The palate is medium bodied with fine grained ultra savoury Tannins. Australia’s best exponent of the Shiraz/Viognier Blend. Could cellar for another 5 + years if you wish but very good right now.

Very fragrant - spices and notes of violets. From a warmer year in the Canberra district. Always has been Northern Rhone in style. The palate is medium bodied with fine grained ultra savoury Tannins. Australia’s best exponent of the Shiraz/Viognier Blend. Could cellar for another 5 + years if you wish but very good right now.

Apr 25th, 2018
Gus Kalaris

Like great Cote Rotie- one of the best Shiraz I have ever tasted.

Like great Cote Rotie- one of the best Shiraz I have ever tasted.

2 people found it helpfulDec 30th, 2014
LM Segal

At its apogee, and with a 30 minute decant doing its best high-end, aged Côté-Rotie. Refined, masculine, smooth as silk and a killer white floral nose. Drink up.

At its apogee, and with a 30 minute decant doing its best high-end, aged Côté-Rotie. Refined, masculine, smooth as silk and a killer white floral nose. Drink up.

1 person found it helpfulApr 24th, 2020