2020 Eden Valley Shiraz

In 2020 we suffered the catastrophe of losing our entire crop to smoke taint, a consequence of severe drought and the worst bushfire season in living memory. Generous friends came to our rescue with clean fruit from regions outside New South Wales.

The fruit for this powerfully fragrant, dark berried Shiraz came from the Yalumba vineyards in the Eden Valley in South Australia.

“savouriness, silkiness…bolshy ripe fruit” – Mike Bennie

Thanks to Louisa Rose and The Hill-Smith family for making the grapes available for us.

The 2020 harvest in Canberra District was hugely impacted by bushfire, so Tim Kirk and co at Clonakilla reached out to the good folks of Yalumba for some resources – here, the shiraz of some Eden Valley resource.

savouriness, silkiness…bolshy ripe fruit

Interesting how much game meat, exotic-smoky spice and savouriness enters this wine, though it’s also distinguished for its ripeness, sweet fruit profile, dusty tannins and quiet opulence.

there’s lots of pleasure here

It really feels like Yalumba and Clonakilla have become easy lovers here – savouriness, silkiness, the bolshy ripe fruit, concentration. Seamless flow, a little edgy and skittish through the finish.

Between perfume and finish, though, there’s lots of pleasure here.

Mike Bennie - Winefront

Lovely perfumed aromas of blueberry, violets, licorice, forest floor, spice and some meaty, charcuterie action. Flavours of dark cherry, blackberry, anise and spice, all supported by a cedary oak frame.

Lovely perfumed aromas of blueberry, violets, licorice, forest floor, spice

The tannins are firm but generous and support the fleshy fruit-weight very nicely. Good length, cut and a seamless drive of flavour.

Aaron Brasher - The Real Review

14.5 % Alc/Vol

pH 3.62

TA 5.9 g/L

Residual Sugar <0.5 g/L