Two Rare & Beautiful Wines

It is…one of the greatest wines to emerge from one of the finest estates in the country.’
– Tyson Stelzer on the T&L Vineyard Block One

Clonakilla had a wonderful vintage in 2016. We kept a small volume of two of our key Shiraz Viognier parcels separate and gave the wines an extra 12 months in barrel before bottling. Tim gives us a personal commentary on these two treasures:

We offer them to you as a six-pack containing three of each wine.
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Halliday’s Top 100 – 98 points – 2017 Shiraz Viognier

We were delighted to see our 2017 Shiraz Viognier named in James Halliday’s Top 100 a few weeks ago.

What made it even better was that it was the second Top 100 list in which the wine has appeared.

On Monday last week the 2017 Shiraz Viognier secured a place in James Suckling’s Top 100 – this time up against international benchmarks.

On both occasions the wine scored 98 points.

James Halliday’s review:

“…Tim Kirk nails it when he writes of a line of pure spice running through the bouquet and palate – I would simply add “and the aftertaste” because this has superb length and texture, replete with red berry flavours.”

Nick Stock for James Suckling:

“One of the greatest vintages of this wine. 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 delivered with steady elegance and power, showing unwavering build and a seemingly never-ending trail of fresh and spicy fruit flavors. With the most immaculate tannins, too.

The real soul of this wine shines through in this perfectly simpatico vintage. Fascinating to drink now, but it is best to give it some time. Try around 2025.”

2017 Shiraz Viognier release

We are thrilled to tell you that for the third time the Shiraz Viognier has been confirmed as Exceptional, one of Australia’s greatest wines, in Langtons Classification VII.

The 2017 continues the long line of beautiful vintages that has established the lofty status of our flagship wine. The reviews are amazing:

One of the greatest vintages of this wine. 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.

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2016 Shiraz Viognier Magnum

The 2016 vintage gave us a Shiraz Viognier that is laden with some of the most opulent, spice laden, dark berry fruit we have seen. And what better way to see this wine mature than in the Magnum format. This is one you don’t want to miss out on!

“…it is among the very greatest Australian red wines…This is a truly glorius wine…” 98 points – James Halliday

“This is a Shiraz Viognier of the highest order…this vintage sits confidently among the greatest syrahs on earth.” – Tyson Stelzer

“…a jaw-droppingly beautiful wine.” – Dave Brookes

“…a classic in the making.” – Ralph Kyte-Powell

A wine of rare beauty

The 2016 Syrah is simply one of the greatest wines we have made.

Long time mailing list members will remember that the first Clonakilla Syrah we released was the 2006.

Our thinking was to have a second great wine that could challenge Hermitage in the Northern Rhone in the same way the Shiraz Viognier now gives good Cote Rotie a run for its money.

The Syrah always comes from the same parcel of vines on our vineyard, a wedge of North East facing vines perfectly positioned to catch the warmth of the sun for most of the day. The warm aspect means the Syrah often carries a darker, more brooding signature than the Shiraz Viognier.

The way we make the wine differs too. We leave out the 20-30% whole bunch addition that is standard in our SV ferments and of course for the Syrah we add no Viognier for co-fermentation. It is simply pure Shiraz grapes, destemmed but not crushed, fermented by their own natural yeasts, left for a full months on skins and then two years in 500 litre fine-grained French oak barrels.

Here is what Huon Hooke had to say about the 2016:

This is a wine of rare beauty. The colour is bright but not dark, and the aroma is spicy, vegetal, foresty and ultra-complex. Medium-bodied, intense and superbly textured, it has soft, gentle tannins and great elegance. Its appeal grows with every sip. It has an effortless natural charm.

Score: 97 ★★★★★