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 Shiraz Viognier is widely regarded as one of Australia's truly great red wines.
The 2016 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier continues the impeccable recent history of this wine, and is receiving high acclaim from some of Australia's most respected wine figures. The limited stocks of this wine are likely to go quickly.
"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 texture and structure. Tasted over two days, revealing ever more beauty. Screwcap. 14% alc. To 2041. $120"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019.
"97 Points. The perfume is a feature of this consistent wine; it bursts with pepper and spice and foresty aromas, berries and violet-like floral nuances. The palate tracks the bouquet precisely with intense flavour, elegant structure and a ballet dancer's effortless grace" - Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine, December / January 2018.
"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.