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.
Incredibly complex aromas of baking spices, fresh red fruit and a fine and elegant, floral edge,as well as red cherries, raspberries and red plums. This is phenomenal, so precise and concentrated with such detail and power, delivered with elegance and precision. The palate is super long. The best vintage made at Clonakilla to date! Perfection! Drink now, but better from 2026. Rating: 99 Points; Nick Stock; James Suckling
The colour is medium to deep red/purple and the bouquet is lifted, spicy, aromatic and floral, with refinement and tension in the mouth. Fragrant herbs, mint, subtle pepper and mixed spices. Violets and assorted berries. There's great intensity as well as elegance here, and the tannins are fine and firm, tautly-tensioned and precise, running the full length of the very long palate. A delicious wine in a medium-bodied but seriously structured style. (28% whole-bunch; 6% co-fermented viognier. Hail reduced crop) Date Tasted: May 2019; Drink: 2019-2038; Price: $120.00; Rating 98 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
Australia’s best shiraz isn’t Australia’s best shiraz in every year, though Clonakilla comes close. This 2018 may well be the best shiraz released in Australia this year. It’s a superb release. Just look at the tannin profile and then put down your glasses. Black berried fruit, a suggestion of meatiness, whispers of woodsy spice notes, a certain creaminess, a quick shake of pepper, a touch of volatility. Nothing protrudes; it’s the definition of seamless. The screw of tannin, so often left to last, begins almost at the start. We are looking at an ultra long term wine here, deserving of prime space in the best of cellars. Tasted: June 19; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $120.00; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2040+; Rated: 96 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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