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Silky Pinot

The Real Review has featured our 2019 Pinot Noir in their Cellar Talk section.

Ralph Kyte-Powell writes:

The Canberra district’s Clonakilla winery has an enviable reputation for fragrant shiraz, straight or blended with small amounts of viognier. At their best, they are among Australia’s best red wines.

Pinot noir has always been a slightly lesser light, without quite the consistency of the others, but proprietor Tim Kirk has persisted. This edition may be the best yet – an example of how pinot can reward the patient winemaker perhaps.

It opens with a delicate, cherry-scented aroma, but foresty and herbal undercurrents emerge to add savoury dimension to the nose. The palate is fine, silky, and deceptively gentle at first, but there’s a solid tannin structure woven through it to give power and potential longevity.

Watch out for the release of our 2020 Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir to be released in April this year.

2018 Shiraz Viognier

There is no doubt the 2018 is one of the great vintages.
A lower than average crop produced fruit with soaring aromas and intense energy through the palate.

“This is phenomenal, so precise and concentrated with such detail and power, delivered with elegance and precision…” 99 James Suckling, Nick Stock

“There’s great intensity as well as elegance here…A delicious wine in a medium-bodied but seriously structured style.” 98 Huon Hooke

“This 2018 may well be the best shiraz released in Australia this year…It’s a superb release…it’s the definition of seamless…We are looking at an ultra-long-term wine here, deserving of prime space in the best of cellars.” 96 Campbell Mattinson

Look out for the announcement of the venues for our 2019 Clonakilla Dinner Series in a couple of weeks.

Warm regards,

Tim Kirk

Three new wines!

Three new vintage releases to ease you into the new financial year.

The 2018 Hilltops Shiraz is a gorgeous wine from an epic vintage. A couple of reviews for you:

“This is another beauty. I opened it on a Friday night and as I did so I wondered whether it was “Friday night worthy”. It was and then some. It boasts ample dark cherry/berry fruit, comes inlaid with spice, carries its floral highlights with ease and has a meaty, spicy, clovey finish. It’s juicy throughout and yet it has power; the tannin too has a fine spread-and-run aspect to it. It’s a winner for sure. It will age beautifully as well”. – Campbell Mattinson

“Very deep aromas of raspberries and red plums with subtly spicy notes, leading to a palate that has a super fleshy, juicy and red-fruited core of fine, long tannins. Drink now.” – James Suckling/Nick Stock

If you’re looking for winter whites, here are two, straight off our shiny new bottling line:

2019 Viognier Nouveau

2019 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

STOP PRESS
A beautiful review for the 2017 O’Riada Shiraz from the great man James Halliday in the just released August/September edition of Halliday Magazine:

“Spice, red flowers, pepper and wood smoke all appear and promptly disappear on the bouquet, reforming in a different order next time around, the ensuing palate a pond without a single ruffle. Red cherry infuses all of one’s senses with a constant framework of spice. The faultless balance will still be sustaining the wine 30 years hence. What value!

Warm regards,

Tim Kirk

2018 Riesling now available!

You may have picked up that we are really, really excited about the 2018 vintage.

Perhaps the purest of all the wines we make is the Riesling. The winemaking could not be simpler. We load the whole bunches directly into the press and turn it on. We collect the ‘freshly squeezed’ Riesling juice in a tank and throw in a neutral yeast. We keep the temperature low as it ferments, rack it of the yeast lees, filter it and bottle it. To get a picture of the personality of the vintage, taste the Riesling!

“While Tim Kirk and his team at Clonakilla are best-known for their shiraz-viognier blends and other world-class reds, the Riesling is, for me, the best-value wine in the entire range…This is fine and lean and immediately appealing with lemon, lime and grapefruit notes, spiky acidity and lots of length. Pair this with Thai or Vietnamese dishes. While I was sipping and savouring, my usually restrained wife devoured the rest of the bottle.” – Winsor Dobbin

“…a delicious riesling with rich, citrus-like varietal flavour in the pure, delicate Clonakilla style. It’s impressive now as a vibrant, fruity young wine but it’ll change in pleasing ways over the next decade – best experienced by cellaring a case and enjoying a bottle every year or two, potentially over decades.” – Chris Shanahan

A heads up: Our Rare and Small batch wines will be released on April 30. For Canberra region members, we will be holding our annual Rare and Small batch dinner at Pialligo Estate Restaurant that night. More details soon.

Warm regards,

Tim Kirk