Tim Kirk’s latest instalment in the Shiraz Viognier features a very deep dark red black tinged colour with a dark red hue. The nose shows wonderful intensity with perfumed like scents of dark plum, ripe dark cherries, subtle liquorice and violet infusions followed by faint clove, subtle dried apricot and spice.
Power without weight best describes the palate. Mouth-filling flavours of ripe dark plums and cherries sit alongside a touch of liquorice with clove infusions, dried meats, toasty cedar and pepper following. Elegant supple mouthfeel and very savoury. Exceptionally fine grained perfectly integrated tannins. Superb length with a very long aftertaste of dark plums, ripe dark cherries, subtle liquorice, spicy clove, dried meats and pepper.
96 – James Halliday, Wine Companion
“The bright hue and perfumed, spicy red berry bouquet run true to type for this modern classic, setting the bar for the co-fermented blend many years ago. It has a set of flavours that are unique, and can fool even expert tasters in blind tastings, its cross-thatched flavours need careful navigation to decide whether it’s from Cote Rotie or Canberra.”
95 – Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
“The remarkable run of Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier continues. 95% Shiraz: 5% Viognier. This release has a long life ahead. It’s so firm, so long, and has lots of meat on its bones. It’s savoury and peppery, essentially, but bursts too with black, ripe, soy-infused berries. Power, finesse, complexity and thick ribs of tannin. One thing it is not is sweet; though it compensates with abundant perfume. A roasted, nut-like character appears right there on the finish, like a glyph. Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier usually drinks well from the day of release; this one needs a little cellar time.”