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2017 Syrah Lay-down 6-pack

Every year at Clonakilla we fill a single fermenter with pure Shiraz from our North-East facing T&L vineyard.

The winemaking is kept as simple as possible. Whole berries are fermented warm by their own native yeasts. The wine spends a month macerating on skins and twenty-two months in fine-grained French oak puncheons.

The 2017 vintage was built on the wettest winter and early spring that any of us can remember. The early rain turned out to be a blessing, given the warm and generally dry summer that followed.

This Syrah comes from the top half of T&L block one. The grapes were harvested on March 29.

13.5% Alc/Vol

The Murrumbateman Syrahs of Clonakilla may not have the luminary status of their shiraz viognier brethren, but sit righteously alongside, and preach loudly from the pulpit of fine wine canons that emerge from Canberra District under the shepherding of vigneron Tim Kirk and team. This is another outstanding release.

Epic length, such finesse and elegance. So very beautiful, so inspiring and delicious to drink. Praise be

So silky, so fine, the delicacy and prettiness such a charm. It’s a highly perfumed wine that sings with purity and vitality, a fine swish of tannin, cool acidity, light herbal and spice detail, an understated meaty-savouriness coursing below the lacy, just-ripe red berry fruit character.

Epic length, such finesse and elegance. So very beautiful, so inspiring and delicious to drink. Praise be.

Mike Bennie - The Winefront

A superb vintage for Clonakilla, set to go down among the greatest in the history of this legendary cuvée, capturing every captivating detail of eloquent grace of this fabled vineyard.

the greatest in the history of this legendary cuvée

Magnificently refined, effortless and distinguished, it delicately places white pepper, violet fragrance, rhubarb crunch, cranberry tang, black cherry depth and exotic five spice with effortless care and then laces them into seamless harmony with a silver thread of the finest tannins.

Every detail is mastered with the utmost fidelity, preserved in perfect harmony on an epic finish.

Tyson Stelzer

There are wines that sing; and there are wines that rock. Bruce Springsteen would be proud of this one; a superb syrah from Tim Kirk and his team at Clonakilla in Murrumbateman outside Canberra.

a major hit

There is a crescendo of quality here; a symphony of style. While quality is high, volume is low. Just one fermenter each vintage is made from pure shiraz from an estate vineyard.

The winemaking is kept simple; indigenous yeasts; a month on skins and 22 months in fine-grained bigger-format French oak. The 2017 had a wet winter and early spring followed by a dry summer. The result: a major hit. Silky, smooth, briary, delicious.

Winsor Dobbin