2018 Syrah now available!

We are thrilled to be releasing the 2018 Syrah today!

The 2018 Syrah, from a stellar vintage, is at least as good as any Syrah, or indeed any wine, we have ever made.

Here is what Huon Hooke had to say:

“The bouquet is spicy first, floral second, fruit driving it … wonderful complexity. The palate is medium-bodied and very elegant, stylish, polished and fluent…The palate length is extraordinary and seamless all the way…It’s deceptively easy to enjoy now, but a few years on it promises to bring even more to the table. Great now and even greater potential.” 98 points – Huon Hooke, The Real Review

Watch this short video about the Syrah and get a feel for the beautiful and distinctive site from which this wine is made.

The majestic 2018 Shiraz Viognier is released in magnum today.

The 2018 Ballinderry likewise is available now. The quality of the vintage shines in this wine too.

You’ll notice there is no 2019 Shiraz Viognier offered here. That wine will be released in March next year. (We’re stretching things out to help cover the loss of the 2020 vintage to smoke.)

Warm regards,

Tim

Silky Pinot

The Real Review has featured our 2019 Pinot Noir in their Cellar Talk section.

Ralph Kyte-Powell writes:

The Canberra district’s Clonakilla winery has an enviable reputation for fragrant shiraz, straight or blended with small amounts of viognier. At their best, they are among Australia’s best red wines.

Pinot noir has always been a slightly lesser light, without quite the consistency of the others, but proprietor Tim Kirk has persisted. This edition may be the best yet – an example of how pinot can reward the patient winemaker perhaps.

It opens with a delicate, cherry-scented aroma, but foresty and herbal undercurrents emerge to add savoury dimension to the nose. The palate is fine, silky, and deceptively gentle at first, but there’s a solid tannin structure woven through it to give power and potential longevity.

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New wine! 2019 Hilltops Shiraz

We are delighted to be releasing our first Shiraz from the phenomenal 2019 vintage.

The 2019 Hilltops shows all the opulent black fruit and mouth coating intensity of the year. It’s already delicious and I have no doubt it will age beautifully. Mike Bennie’s wonderful prose captures it perfectly:

It’s a significantly excellent release of this shiraz, shimmers in the glass with purple-dark red colour, slips over the palate with a satiny spread of mellifluous fruit and spice, offers fine sheets of lacy tannin and finishes fresh and nicely puckering.

Such pretty sweet fruit, floral notes and piquant spice. Such a delight! Such pleasing and easy drinking but feels like pedigree too. A worthy addition to a cellar (and for your glass now, now, now). – Winefront, June 12, 2020

We were very honoured to come in at number four in Huon Hooke’s list of 52 top Australian wineries in the Good Weekend Magazine (Age and SMH) on Saturday. Huon wrote, ‘The 2018 Shiraz Viognier is a cracking wine, one of winemaker Tim Kirk’s best. Indeed, the entire range is splendid…The house style is restrained, elegant, perfumed and very beautiful. The finesse extends to the Viognier and Riesling 2019.’

This past weekend James Halliday reviewed the 2018 Shiraz Viognier: ‘Fragrant to the point of perfumed aromas of spices, rose petals and red fruit blossom. The palate is, as ever, very complex, with spice berries sewn together by a necklace of tannins. The length is mesmerising.’ – The Weekend Australian Magazine, June 13-14, 2020.

The 2018 SV is down to the last stocks now so get a hold of some and stock your cellar if you haven’t yet. Look out for the Magnum release on September 1.

Warm regards,

Tim Kirk

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