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2018 Syrah

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 pure Syrah of 2018 is as good as the Shiraz Viognier.” – Huon Hooke

A great vintage, but not without challenges.

A hail storm on January 9 gave us plenty to worry about, reducing what was already a small crop. Mercifully, the vines recovered well.
A brilliant ripening season followed, marked by a run of gorgeous weather in the crucial late summer and early Autumn.

14% Alc/Vol

pH 3.67

TA 6.0 g/L

Residual sugar 0.5 g/L

Sulfur Dioxide (free) 39 mg/L

Medium to deep red with a tint of purple, but it’s not a colour that’s designed to impress. The bouquet is spicy first, floral second, fruit driving it and some whole-bunch nuances contributing to its wonderful complexity.

Great now and even greater potential

The palate is medium-bodied and very elegant, stylish, polished and fluent. The tannins are mild and fine-grained, but certainly present; the fruit sweetness is there but not over-stated, and the spectrum of spice flavours is impressively wide.

The palate length is extraordinary and seamless all the way. A delicious, subtle style of shiraz that paddles its own canoe. 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.

Huon Hooke - The Real Review

The ’18 vintage was not without its worries with an early January hail storm reducing what was already a small crop. By any measure,

an extraordinary Australian shiraz

sourced from 600m in elevation with fruit so elegant, red-berried and aromatic and gentle in savoury spice. You could write a book about the tannins, teased out through extended maceration time, and so, so fine.

Jeni Port - Halliday's Wine Companion

While this wine seems to play bridesmaid to its iconic sibling, under-estimate it at your own peril.

I could spin and swirl this around in the glass for hours, to fill the air with soft perfume and to delay the last sip. Tim Kirk’s affinity with cool-climate fruit on full and fine display.

This is exceptional

Delightfully fragrant – a gentle rolling wave of cloves, dark cherries, thyme and cured meats. None louder than the other. Elegant red cherry fruit rolls off a softly sinewed seam of tannins and pepper spice. This is exceptional. No more than medium-weight, though supremely intense. Time in the glass only adds to its perfume and poise. Just excellent.

Nick Butler - The Real Review