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Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2018

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2018

Canberra, New South Wales   |    750ml   |    14%

"The best vintage made at Clonakilla to date!" - Nick Stock

Located some 30 minutes north of Canberra in the small rural town of Murrumbateman, Clonakilla has established a status that belies its relatively small size. Inspired by the great wines of Cote Rotie of France’s Rhone Valley, Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier is widely regarded as one of Australia's greatest red wines.

The newly released 2018 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier continues the impeccable recent track record of this wine, and is receiving high acclaim from some of Australia's most respected wine figures.

"99 Points. Incredibly complex aromas of baking spices, fresh red fruit and a fine and elegant, floral edge, as well as red cherries, raspberries and red plums. This is phenomenal, so precise and concentrated with such detail and power, delivered with elegance and precision. The palate is super long. The best vintage made at Clonakilla to date! Perfection! Drink now, but better from 2026." - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com.

"Australia’s best shiraz isn’t Australia’s best shiraz in every year, though Clonakilla comes close. This 2018 may well be the best shiraz released in Australia this year. It’s a superb release. Just look at the tannin profile and then put down your glasses. Black berried fruit, a suggestion of meatiness, whispers of woodsy spice notes, a certain creaminess, a quick shake of pepper, a touch of volatility. Nothing protrudes; it’s the definition of seamless. The screw of tannin, so often left to last, begins almost at the start. We are looking at an ultra long term wine here, deserving of prime space in the best of cellars. 96 Points. Tasted: Jun19 13.5% alc $120 Screwcap Drink: 2020 - 2040+" - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

Availability: In stock

$114.90
Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
There’s no doubt Clonakilla is one of the true success stories of Australian wine. Located approximately 30 minutes north of Canberra in the small rural town of Murrumbateman, Clonakilla has established a status that belies its relatively small size.

Inspired by the great wines of Cote Rotie in France’s Rhone Valley, Clonakilla’s Shiraz Viognier is now considered one of Australia’s greatest red wines. James Halliday describes it as "an icon wine, one of the best in Australia” while Andrew Caillard of Langton’s says it's “one of the most important advances in the development of Australian Shiraz since the release of 1952 Penfolds Grange Hermitage”
6
New South Wales
Canberra
750
14
The Shiraz Viognier is our flagship, a careful selection of the best of the Shiraz Viognier parcels we craft each year from our Murrumbateman vineyard.

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/early Autumn.

Opulent aromas of roses, violets and layered spices, ripe berries of every hue. Perfectly formed tannins frame complex fruit flavours across the palate. This wine will age magnificently.

6% co-fermented Viognier

28% whole bunches

14% Alc/Vol

pH 3.68

TA 6.1 g/L

Residual sugar 0.5 g/L

Sulfur Dioxide (free) 39 mg/L

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