It has been a remarkable journey for Clonakilla. When John Kirk planted the first vines in 1971 he had no idea that his vineyard would one day be celebrated as one of the best in the country. Along the way there have been trials and tribulations as well as moments of unprecendented success. Over time something important has become clear: Murrumbateman and Shiraz are one of those rare combinations in the world of wine that can produce something truly exciting.
Murrumbateman’s cool, continental climate and decomposed granite soils are perfectly suited to Riesling. The 2017 vintage was built on the wettest winter and early spring that any of us can remember, followed by a beautiful warm and dry summer. We picked generous crops of perfectly ripened grapes. Drink now for its pristine floral, citrus-edged fruit or cellar for up to 15 years and watch it develop lime and toast characters with age.
There's some colour pickup that seems earlier than normal, perhaps due to the dry conditions through winter and spring, and the wine was slow out of the blocks. Then 110cm of rain fell in Jan, changing everything for the better, as the awe-inspiring Canberra District comes on song with its hymn of intense citrus/mineral take control. Very high quality. Drink to: 2039; Price: $35.00; Date Tasted: Sep 2019; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
Pale and silvery-straw in colour, it has a pungent nose reminiscent of blossom, citrus fruits, green apples, spice and steel. It tastes zesty yet relatively ripe and rich, and although quite dry overall, its intense flavours hint at a little fruit sweetness. It finishes with a thrilling line of acidity and a haunting, fragrant aftertaste. Past experience tells us that these wines age very well, developing into classics of the Australian new wave. Rating: 96 Points; Ralph Kyte-Powell
Canberra Riesling can be a very fine thing. Intensity of flavour here is excellent. As is the flow of the wine. As is the finish. There's a suggestion of fruit sweetness to the mid palate here and it helps to kick it all up a gear. It's limey and slatey and red apple-y, and it does that delicate-but-intense thing. It's super. Rating: 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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