March 2020

2019 Riesling available now

We have been really touched by the many supportive and encouraging notes and comments we have received following the release of news about our 2020 vintage struggles. Thank you!

While we are coming to terms with a vintage lost to smoke taint, there is plenty of good news to focus on.

Our Riesling from the wonderful 2019 vintage has just been released. I rate it as among our very best vintages. Campbell Mattinson agrees:

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. 95 points

And we’ve just receive these two reviews from The Real Review team:

Light yellow hue, with a gently toasty bees-waxy aroma, underneath is lemon pith. The palate is restrained and taut, delicate and undeveloped, with a phenolic textural element and a tickle of sweetness rendering it more accessible. Juicy and firm, at the same moment. A lovely array of citrus flavours. This is delicate and delicious and deserves a little cellar time. It will only improve further with age. 96 points – Huon Hooke

Clonakilla’s fame rests largely on outstanding shiraz-based red wines, some of Australia’s very best, but the estate’s riesling is superb too. The 2019 has just arrived and it’s a worthy example.

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. 96 pointsRalph Kyte-Powell

The majestic 2018 Shiraz Viognier continues to gather international accolades. Here is what British wine writer Sarah Ahmed had to say:

The 2018 vintage is stirring!  It has wonderful tension and lift – as they say, it flies.  Gorgeous perfume and piquancy, with red berry and cherry, a savoury rasp of black pepper, piquant pimento and lingering cathedral spices.  Incredible length and persistence for such a gossamer palate, with its feathery, barely there, tannins.

Although our Cellar Door is temporarily closed, our wines can still be purchased online. Plus, we are waiving all shipping fees during this period.

Warm regards,

Tim