Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2015

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2016

Canberra, New South Wales   |    750ml   |    14%

98 Points - James Halliday

Located approximately 30 minutes north of Canberra in the small rural town of Murrumbateman, Clonakilla has established a status that belies its relatively small style. Inspired by the great wines of Cote Rotie in France’s Rhone Valley, Clonakilla’s Shiraz Viognier has firmly entrenched itself as one of Australia’s truly great red wines.

The highly anticipated 2016 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier is already received gushing reviews from some of Australia's most respected wine figures and our very limited stocks will sell out very quickly.

“2015 is without a doubt the best to date in a long line of excellent vintages. And whilst the name and the vines may be comparatively newer, Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier is now every bit as important to the story of great Australian wine as Henschke Hill of Grace and Penfolds Grange. This is a rare beauty, to see a syrah-based wine that delivers power in such an elegant way. 2015 is a really impressive vintage for Clonakilla across the board and this, the flagship wine, is every bit as great as it should be. 99″ - Nick Stock

"98 Points. The perfumed, spicy bouquet of red flowers and fruits doesn’t prepare you for the intensity and piercing length of its beautifully balanced medium-bodied palate. This is a truly glorious wine that draws you back again and again to explore the wealth of red fruit flavours and the majesty of its textures and flavours. Tasted over two days, revealing ever more beauty. 14% alc, Screwcap, Drink to 2041" - James Halliday, The Australian, July 29, 2017.

"97 Points. This is a shiraz viognier of the highest order, with desperate purity of white pepper, whole bunch mixed spice and plum skin, and a super fine, gravelly tannin structure of breathtaking presence yet unerring finesse. In enduring line, undeviating persistence and sheer, glorious beauty, this vintage sits confidently among the greatest syrahs on earth." - Tyson Stelzer, WBM Magazine.

"96 Points. Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier has lost none of its charm or power over the years, but it has become a lighter, more elegant and more finely drawn wine. The subtle change is clearly evident with this 2016. For a long time we’ve played with the term Burgundian Shiraz, especially in relation to Clonakilla, but the phrase is becoming increasingly apt. This wine is light on its feet, perfumed, exotic, marshalled with fruit and spice, and tannic. It doesn’t wallop you upfront; it saves itself for the finish. It’s not an impetuous wine. There are candied notes here, dry spices, woody anise, a whisper of peppercorn. I would almost describe this wine as crisp, such is its lack of gloop, its finesse, its cleansing run of flavour-infused acidity. This release will age magnificently. Tasted: Aug17 Alcohol: 14% Price: $110 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2018 - 2036+" - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

Availability: In stock

$99.90

Extremely limited, only 13 bottles in stock.

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”
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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 from our Murrumbateman vineyard.

The 2016 vintage was generous and early. Late summer temperatures were consistently warmer than average and a larger than average crop proved to be a double blessing, slowing the ripening, which would have otherwise raced ahead, and filling the fermenters in our newly expanded winery with some of the most opulent, spice laden, dark berry fruit we have seen. A powerful vintage with great cellaring potential. 6% co-fermented viognier.

14% Alc/Vol

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