Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2018
James Halliday describes Clonakilla’s Shiraz Viognier as “an icon wine, one of the best in Australia”, Jeremy Oliver lists it among his “Perfect 1s” and Langton’s Andrew Caillard describes it as “one of the most important advances… since the release of 1952 Penfolds Grange Hermitage”. We think it’s safe to say Clonakilla winemaker and owner Tim Kirk has established the Canberra district as a fine wine region. The small amount of co-fermented Viognier lifts the aromatics of Clonakilla’s Shiraz Viognier resulting in a spicy yet feminine and elegant wine that you could cellar for while but if you get impatient it’s phenomenal now.
As he scored Clonakilla’s Shiraz Voignier 2017 vintage 98/100, here’s Nick Stock at jamessuckling.com “It has a super complex array of white and black peppers, hard brown spices, leaves, flowers and fresh wet earth, as well as graphite-like dark stony notes. The palate is immaculately detailed, long and silky with flavours of blackberries, red cherries, red plums, dark cherries and dark chocolate… a seemingly never-ending trail of fresh and spicy fruit flavours.”
How to enjoy
More Information Food Pairing Steak Diane with pepper sauce Serving Temp 15 - 18 degrees Standard Drinks 8 Alcohol Volume % 13.5 Variety Shiraz Viognier Region Canberra District Vintage 2017 Country Australia Closure Screw Cap Size 750ml Brand Clonakillla
- Clonakilla Shiraz Voignier 2017 is nearly up there with Grange
- Clonakilla is an exceptional, spicy and elegant Shiraz Voignier
- Loved by wine writer and wine lovers alike, the 2017 vintage is a gem
Tyson Stelzer, TysonStelzer.com
Vintage 2017 - An elegant, cool, spice-laden Clonakilla that I adore! Beautifully floral, swimming in violets, exotic spice sarsaparilla, tiny dark berries and white and green pepper. Taut and edgy with beautifully honed, fine-ground, granitic tannins. Sensational reflection of a cooler season.
Nick Stock, GoodWineGuide.com.au
Vintage 2017 - A return to a more elegant cool-climate style after the monolithic 2009 vintage, this is a complex wine already. There's fragrant viognier (5%) perfume and spice lift, dark chocolate, fine white pepper, blackberry and blood plum. The palate is stretched out on fine, lithe tannins and has attractive ripe summer berry and plum flavours cloaked in pepper and spice complexity. You get both flesh and bones here.