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.
The Shiraz Vioginer is a selection of the best Shiraz Viognier parcels, crafted from the Murrumbateman vineyard.
The 2009 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier has more texture, structure and layers of depth than any previous vintage. The viognier, occasionally rather flirty and evident in young Clonakilla, is enveloped by the remainder of the wine, which simply builds in perfume and depth the more aeration it receives. Jeremy Oliver Wine of the Year 2011
The rise in status of this wine over the past ten years has been phenomenal. It is now a contender for the mantle of 'Australia's best red wine'. It commands extremely strong prices on the auction circuit too. We tasted the finished blend of this wine but it hadn't been bottled, which rules it out of our calculations for Red Wine of the Year, and indeed doesn't allow us to award it an official rating here. It has to be in this book, though, because it is superb, and contends for the title of the best Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier yet. It is so silken, so finely tannic and so persistent. It tastes of roasted meats, dark cherries, boysenberries and a wild array of spices. The way its tannin curls through the finish is quite astonishing. Drink: 2012-2030; Rating: 98 Points; Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh, The Big Red Wine Book
Deeply coloured; the bouquet is almost backward and is slow to reveal the intricate layers of black fruits that lie therein; time reveals succulent black fruits, minerals, fine spices and a touch of fresh garden herbs; the palate delivers a wonderful mixture of opulent fruit, savoury complexity, and silky fine tannins that persist for an incredibly long time; only at the very end do you get a glimpse of the fine oak in use; certain to be long-lived. Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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