Today is a day I look forward to every year: the release of the new vintage of our flagship. This year’s release is especially momentous: The 2011 is our twentieth Shiraz Viognier.
2011 was a challenging season, cooler and wetter than average, and we were particularly tough in selecting barrels from the estate batches to put this wine together. There is less than half the normal volume this year so we don’t expect it to be around for long.
The 2011 captures the essential features of the line: feather fine tannins and a floral, spice-driven aroma interwoven with red berry notes. There’s a thoroughgoing savouriness here, but with the ethereal, haunting dimension that is the Clonakilla hallmark.
‘Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier is my Grange, if you like; it’s the wine I look forward to tasting the most each year. It’s also the only wine I buy every year… Cool and savoury, with ripe tannin and good length. It’s an insistent wine, in the way Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier so often is. I’ll be buying again.’ – Campbell Mattinson, Winefront, August 16, 2012
‘a beautifully and exactingly crafted Clonakilla … 95 points’- Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly, August 24, 2012
‘the perfumed bouquet of predominantly red fruits leads into a superfine palate with some darker fruit nuances …95 points’
– James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2013
It is not just the Shiraz Viognier that’s new, of course.
The 2012 Riesling is a cracker. ‘This is world class, and also laughably cheap. It’s tightly structured with Granny Smith and lime flavours, intense acid backbone and zingy freshness’. – Winsor Dobbin
The 2011 O’Riada Shiraz is also picking up some great reviews. ‘…the highly fragrant bouquet has generous amounts of spice running through the predominantly red fruit characters…94 points’ – James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2013
The new release 2012 Viognier Nouveau and 2012 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc again demand attention as a good option for drinking through the warmer months.