Spring Releases now available

Welcome to the first day of Spring – new vintage release day at Clonakilla.

We are delighted to be able to share with you our 2015 Riesling, 2014 Hilltops Shiraz and the majestic 2014 Shiraz Viognier.

The 2014 Shiraz Viognier is a perfect follow up to the stellar 2013. It’s fragrant and intense, from a season that had everything.

‘Rose petals and more rose petals – fragrant dark cherry too. The palate is so opulent and supple, with almost unbelievable length and finesse.’ ★★★★★- Lester Jesberg – Winewise

‘… modern classic, setting the bar for the co-fermented blend…96 points – Halliday Wine Companion 2016

‘Power, finesse, complexity and thick ribs of tannin…95 points – Campbell Mattinson – Wine Front

The 2015 Riesling is our 40th vintage and the first made using 100% whole bunch pressing in our new German made Europress.

‘…could be the best of the 40 vintages made to date. 96 points – Chris Shanahan – The Canberra Times

‘This wine may set a new standard for the region. It’s as pure as the driven snow… ★★★★★.’ – Lester Jesberg – Winewise

The 2014 Hilltops is our ripest, blackest Hilltops Shiraz since the epic 2009.

‘…full to the brim with saturnine black fruits…95 points – Halliday Wine Companion 2016

‘…ready to rip now but with the balance and tannin to see it mature for many a year. 93 points’ – Campbell Mattinson – Wine Front

I think you’re going to love these new wines.

In a couple of weeks we will announce our Clonakilla dinner series venues and dates for 2015.

Warm regards,

Tim Kirk

2013 Shiraz Viognier Magnums available now

I dare say you will roll your eyes, but I just have to recount some of what the critics have said about the 2013 Shiraz Viognier:

“… A magical wine, probably the best ever under this label. 97 points” – Huon Hooke

“… gloriously exotic, yet at every moment distinguished, effortless and refined… 98 points” – Tyson Stelzer

“… the iron fist in the velvet glove… glorious fragrance… silky and prodigiously long… 98 points” – James Halliday

“… like a ballet in your mouth… 98 points if I scored” – Winsor Dobbin

“… Possibly the best Australian Shiraz I have ever tasted.” – Will Lyon, Wall Street Journal

The 2013 Shiraz Viognier magnum is available now for immediate delivery, in our lovely new magnum boxes.

Warm regards,

Tim Kirk

2013 Shiraz Viognier Magnums available to pre-order now

I dare say you will roll your eyes, but I just have to recount some of what the critics have said about the 2013 Shiraz Viognier:

“… A magical wine, probably the best ever under this label. 97 points” – Huon Hooke

“… gloriously exotic, yet at every moment distinguished, effortless and refined… 98 points” – Tyson Stelzer

“… the iron fist in the velvet glove… glorious fragrance… silky and prodigiously long… 98 points” – James Halliday

“… like a ballet in your mouth… 98 points if I scored” – Winsor Dobbin

“… Possibly the best Australian Shiraz I have ever tasted.” – Will Lyon, Wall Street Journal

The 2013 Shiraz Viognier magnum is available for pre-order now. Delivery next month. (Yes, we are still waiting on our new magnum boxes to arrive…)

Warm regards,

Tim Kirk

Rare & Small Batch Wines now available

It’s an exciting day for us as we announce the release of our Rare & Small Batch wines for 2015. These wines are keenly anticipated and they tend to sell out quickly. In short, if you are interested in these wines, don’t leave it too long!

Here is what we have to offer you this year:

2013 Syrah

2013 is one of the great vintages. The days were warm and the nights cool. Perfect conditions for the grapes to develop great colour, dramatic aromas and profound texture and flavour. This is as good a Murrumbateman Shiraz as we have ever made. “Deeply scented with heady aromas of blue and red flowers, raspberries, blackberries, redcurrants…spotlessly elegant and supremely balanced shiraz…96 points” Jeremy Oliver

2014 Pinot Noir

Strikingly aromatic with fragrant red berry fruit and that hard to describe Pinot character which sits in the tension between the two poles of sweet and savoury. Supple, silky tannin. More kiss than punch. “I reckon you’ve really nailed it this time.” Max Allen (limit of 4 bottles)

2013 Ballinderry

The days were warm and the nights were cool, making for great colour and fine tannin structure. The fruit characters are beautifully delineated. A blend of 42% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Sauvignon. “firm and ripe and sure to cellar well” 93+ points” Campbell Mattinson

2013 Vintage

A fortified Shiraz from the wonderful 2013 vintage. We made this from some of the ripest Shiraz that came into the winery. We stopped the fermentation with the addition of SVR spirit between 4 and 5 baume. Opulent to say the least. “…rich, dense, and smooth…eminently seductive…I kept wanting more and more. 92 points” Campbell Mattinson

2014 Viognier

There are beautifully defined fruit characters here, the low yields adding an intensity to the aroma with the cool Murrumbateman nights contributing the crisp natural acid. “This release is stunning…a wine of controlled intensity… it rolls as it rips. 95 points” Campbell Mattinson

2014 Tumbarumba Chardonnay

Restrained aromas, classically styled. Tight and bright through the palate with a taut, mineral acid backbone. A lipsmacking example from Tumbarumba. “Apple-like with melon, pear, grapefruit and spice notes…91+ points” Campbell Mattinson

Keep an eye out for the release of the 2013 Shiraz Viognier magnums and the 2015 Viognier Nouveau in a few weeks’ time.

Warm regards,
Tim Kirk

2013 O’Riada Shiraz now available

We are excited to announce the release of another in the line of outstanding 2013 reds – the O’Riada Shiraz. “…it is a first class Shiraz, its focus on black fruits on the bouquet, a hint of cherry and plum joining in on the long palate… ” 96 points – James Halliday
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The 2013 Shiraz Viognier continues to accumulate glowing reviews. Huon Hooke in the Sydney Morning Herald proclaims the 2013 SV “A candidate for NSW’s most illustrious wine…it’s a masterpiece of finesse…Nowhere else in this country does shiraz achieve such complexity and allure so young.”

Ralph Kyte Powell’s Wine of the Week in the SMH Good Food and The Age Epicure: “A modern Australian classic, Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier has never been better. The 2013 is a delight in the first flush of youth, and promises superb improvement over time…In the mouth gorgeously intense fruit meets perfectly poised tannins.”

Keep an eye out for the Rare and Small Batch release coming up on Tuesday April 28th – 2014 Chardonnay, 2014 Viognier, 2014 Pinot Noir, 2013 Ballinderry, and the exceptional 2013 Syrah. Add to that list the ultra rare 2013 Clonakilla “Vintage” (a fortified Shiraz).

Kind regards,

Tim Kirk