The 2001 Shiraz Viognier wins Penguin Wine Guide Wine of the Year. It also picks up Best Red and Best Shiraz scooping

“…the pool as our favourite red this year…it’s simply superb.”

Easily the most beautiful young Australian wine I drank this year
Max Allen


Encouraged by his son Jeremy to try something new and rare, John Kirk
plants the white grape Viognier in the Clonakilla vineyard.


A new chapter

The Shiraz Viognier is now widely celebrated as one of Australia’s great reds. Encouraged by its success Tim decided to release a new wine from the 2006 vintage; a straight Shiraz from the same estate vines that produce the Shiraz Viognier. It was named ‘Syrah’, the French name for Shiraz.

The winemaking is kept as simple as possible. A single fermenter is filled with pure Shiraz from the North East facing T and L vineyard. Whole berries are fermented warm by their own native yeasts. They spend up to a month macerating on skins and the wine then spends around eighteen months maturing in French oak, a third new.

The Syrah presents as a darker, more brooding wine than the Shiraz Viognier with a distinct wild berry, potent spice character.

This is the Hermitage to the Shiraz Viognier’s Cote Rotie. It’s also rare. No more than 300 dozen are made each year.

Simply a classic wine from a classic estate.

Campbell Mattinson