Clonakilla

Canberra District Shiraz Viognier

9.49 ratings
9.42 pro ratings
Canberra District, Southern New South Wales, New South Wales, Australia
Shiraz Blend
Top Notes For
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
Scott Rowe

Shining star.

Shining star.

Jun 23rd, 2017
Scott Rowe

#V18

Apr 6th, 2018
Marco Blascetta

Very happy

Very happy

Jul 8th, 2017
Bob McDonald

Australia's premium Shiraz Viognier blend and Tim Kirk says this is the best one he has ever made. I have been buying since the 2001 vintage. This is a cracking cool climate Shiraz blend showing florals Spice and a hint of pepper. Palate is restrained - more the weight of Pinot than Shiraz. Intensity without weight- Fluid, beautiful finishing with fine persistent tannins- 15 years stretching ahead of it. More whole bunch than the early vintages like many Aussie Shiraz producers these days. David Le Mire MW said whole bunch serves to lower the alcohol and increase the pH. Gives a "Tea" character with Stem tannins adding to the finish.

Australia's premium Shiraz Viognier blend and Tim Kirk says this is the best one he has ever made. I have been buying since the 2001 vintage. This is a cracking cool climate Shiraz blend showing florals Spice and a hint of pepper. Palate is restrained - more the weight of Pinot than Shiraz. Intensity without weight- Fluid, beautiful finishing with fine persistent tannins- 15 years stretching ahead of it. More whole bunch than the early vintages like many Aussie Shiraz producers these days. David Le Mire MW said whole bunch serves to lower the alcohol and increase the pH. Gives a "Tea" character with Stem tannins adding to the finish.

May 29th, 2017
Aaron Tan

Holy smokes! Really need to get myself a bottle. B&S summed up the wine perfectly:

This is near immaculate. Match a consistently revered wine with a once-in-a-lifetime vintage and what you get is a rare and illusive gem.

Perfectly warm days and cool, steady nights allowed for ideal growing conditions in Clonakilla’s famed vineyards. With the ability to pick fruit at their own leisure, Tim Kirk and his team gained full fruit ripeness, balanced phenolic complexity and even increased the whole bunches to 30% for each ferment. The sensorial odyssey begins with perfumed florals and aromas of spice, charcuterie and wild herbs; before bright red and blue berries emerge on the palate. There’s a line of savoury richness which seamlessly interplays with the wine’s elegant tannin structure, however, what truly marks the experience is the complexity that each mouthful delivers. An immediate classic.

Holy smokes! Really need to get myself a bottle. B&S summed up the wine perfectly:

This is near immaculate. Match a consistently revered wine with a once-in-a-lifetime vintage and what you get is a rare and illusive gem.

Perfectly warm days and cool, steady nights allowed for ideal growing conditions in Clonakilla’s famed vineyards. With the ability to pick fruit at their own leisure, Tim Kirk and his team gained full fruit ripeness, balanced phenolic complexity and even increased the whole bunches to 30% for each ferment. The sensorial odyssey begins with perfumed florals and aromas of spice, charcuterie and wild herbs; before bright red and blue berries emerge on the palate. There’s a line of savoury richness which seamlessly interplays with the wine’s elegant tannin structure, however, what truly marks the experience is the complexity that each mouthful delivers. An immediate classic.

May 14th, 2017
Big Wave Dave

Beautiful plum and cedar nose. Still very closed but full of potential.

Beautiful plum and cedar nose. Still very closed but full of potential.

Oct 10th, 2016
Mike Knuppel

Mike had this 4 years ago

Mike had this 4 years ago

Apr 18th, 2017
Tracy Munro

Tracy had this 4 years ago

Tracy had this 4 years ago

Apr 1st, 2017