Encouraged by his son Jeremy to try something new & rare, John Kirk planted the white grape Viognier in his Murrumbateman vineyard in 1986. John’s son Tim, after a transcendent tasting experience in Cote Rotie in 1991, returned to the family winery with a vision for co-fermenting the Viognier with the Clonakilla Shiraz.
The first vintage was 1992. Twenty years on, to celebrate the release of the 20th vintage of this ground-breaking wine, we held a six course dinner at Circa in St Kilda. We tasted all 20 Shiraz Viognier vintages, a selection of Clonakilla Rieslings, and a bracket of the new dark horse, the Clonakilla Syrah.
We were privileged to have a professional photographer in attendance to record the evening. Neil Prieto is a Melbourne based photographer who does a lot of work with Adrian Lander. Below is a gallery of some of the images he produced. Follow this link to view more.