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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

2014 Viognier Nouveau & Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

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Straight off the bottling line we present the first wines from the 2014 vintage. The 2014 Viognier Nouveau“…capturing the vibrancy of the Viognier fruit in all its youthful glory”* and the 2014 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc -“bright and fresh with lively fruit aromas and a zesty, crisp palate.”*

We are now down to our last few bottles of the “…explosively fragrant, exotically spicy and refreshingly tangy…”** 2012 Shiraz Viognier in magnum format.

Sydneysiders, join me and executive chef Jed Gerrard at the Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year readers’ six-course degustation dinner at Black by Ezard at The Star on July 15th. Ring 02 9657 7028 for bookings. More details.

On another note, this Thursday night I’ll be sleeping out in the open in freezing cold Canberra with three sheets of cardboard for a mattress! I’m doing it to raise money for the work that Vinnies do for homeless people. Can you help? Please consider sponsoring me.

Warm regards,

Tim Kirk

*Tim Kirk tasting notes **Tyson Stelzer

Rare & Small Batch Release

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It’s an exciting day for us as we announce the release of our Rare & Small Batch wines for 2014. These wines are keenly anticipated by a number of our customers 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 available for you:

2012 Syrah

After a cool and wet late summer the weather turned fine and gently warm through the autumn. The 2012 Syrah comes from the top end of T&L blocks one and two. Great Murrumbateman Shiraz from a great site. “An incredible Clonakilla that proclaims the heights of fragrance and complexity…96 points” Tyson Stelzer (limit of 6 bottles)

2013 Pinot Noir

Made in tiny quantities from young vines (clones 777 and 115) and an old, unidentified clone planted by John Kirk in 1978. Subtle perfumes and tender tannins. “The 2012 was a surprise packet; this 2013 is better again…94 points” Campbell Mattinson (limit of 6 bottles)

2013 Ceoltoiri

Rich and ripe but with a savoury cool-climate edge. It’s a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Shiraz and a tiny splash of Cinsault. “It’s a sensational release. So polished. So beautifully ripened…lipsmackingly delicious…class act. 95 points” Campbell Mattinson (limit of 6 bottles)

2012 Ballinderry

We picked clean, ripe fruit from our old vines in mid-April. A blend of 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Cabernet Franc and 28% Merlot.

2013 Chardonnay

From the high altitude ‘Revee Estate’ vineyard in Tumbarumba and small parcels of fruit from Clonakilla. Tight and bright through the palate with a mineral acid backbone. “…classic cool-climate barrel fermented chardonnay with varietal fruit to the fore…with very fine texture. 4.5 stars.” Chris Shanahan

2013 Viognier

Classically rich musk, apricot and ginger notes along with some complex barrel ferment characters on the nose. On the palate – richness without heaviness. “Excellent length. Excellent power…Outstanding release. 95 points. Campbell Mattinson

Keep an eye out for the release of the 2012 Shiraz Viognier magnums in a couple of weeks’ time.

A great year

We’ve had a fantastic year.

To begin with, the 2013 vintage was remarkable. Every variety revelled in the warm days and cool nights that Murrumbateman served up leading into harvest.

Just yesterday we finalised the blend for the 2013 Shiraz Viognier and it looks fabulous.
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The 2013s across the board are a delight. The Riesling received 95 points from pretty well everyone who reviewed it including Huon Hooke, Jeremy Oliver, Campbell Mattinson and Tyson Stelzer. Winewise magazine bestowed a rare ‘Outstanding’ rating upon it.

The Viognier Nouveau is all but sold out now with the Riesling soon to follow. As far as the whites go, soon it will be just the Semillon Sauvignon Blanc holding the fort until the 2013 Chardonnay and 2013 Viognier are released in Autumn next year.

The 2012 reds have seen a return to deeper, darker flavours after the fragrant, feather fine 2011s. We were thrilled to see the 2012 Shiraz Viognier garner a series of fantastic reviews, with 97 pointers from James Halliday, Tim White and Chris Shanahan.

A high point for me was winning the coveted Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine ‘Australian Winemaker of the Year’ award. I became a local celebrity for a week, making the front page of the Yass Tribune and spending an hour on air with the lovely Alex Sloan on 666 ABC Canberra. I even made it on to the local edition of ABC television’s 7.30 report.

At the winery there are plans aplenty with the design of our new cellar door and office complex in the last stages of design. We will start building in 2014.

We’re extending our winemaking facilities too, with not one but two new sheds going up to give us more room to move.

Thanks to you for your interest and support again in 2013.

Wishing you and your family every Christmas blessing,

Tim Kirk

2012 Shiraz Viognier out now

Of all the emails we send you from Clonakilla through the year, this one is the most important and the most highly anticipated. We hereby release our flagship wines, the 2012 Shiraz Viognier and the 2013 Riesling. The reviews are fantastic. Clonakilla 2012 Shiraz Viognier The bouquet is supremely fragrant, almost flowery/scented, the palate instantaneously imprinting its total harmony and balance; fruit, oak and tannins are all seamlessly interwoven, the length prodigious. 97 points – James Halliday It’s explosively fragrant, exotically spicy and refreshingly tangy … superfine, impeccably crafted tannins of immense presence. Cellar for a decade and drink with game. 96 points -Tyson Stelzer Clonakilla 2013 Riesling There are a few hidden gems among Australian wines, and this is one of them. Clonakilla has been quite rightly acclaimed for its Shiraz Viognier, but in my view the Riesling is almost as great an achievement. The latest vintage is one of Australia’s best. It’s intense and beautifully aromatic, reflecting citrus and stone fruit, and the palate delivers great length and acid freshness. Outstanding – Lester Jesberg – Winewise Exactingly crafted and beautifully executed, this is a stunning vintage for Clonakilla riesling. Warm, sun-bathed days and cool nights have ripened breathtakingly pristine lemon zest, granny smith apple and lime blossom purity. Decomposed granite soils build chalky, talcy mineral structure. A wonderfully enduring riesling of lemon blossom, crunchy fennel and lime zest persistence. 95 points – Tyson Stelzer It’s thrillingly (nee painfully) intense. Lime, grapefruit, slate, chalk. It powers through the palate and out through the finish like a locomotive going double the speed limit. Wow. I’d personally find this hard to drink now, in its extreme youth, but given time I suspect this will be sensational. – Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front In other news, I am delighted to have been named a finalist for the Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine’s Australian Winemaker of the Year. The winner will be announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on Tuesday September 24. We’ll keep you posted! Huon Hooke’s write-up of me as a finalist can be found here. We are in the final stages of planning our 2013 dinner series so watch out for the email announcing the venues. Warm regards, Tim Kirk