2018 Small Batch release

We’re thrilled to unveil our new Small Batch wines for 2018.

2017 Chardonnay
There is the distinctive Tumbarumba grapefruit signature framed by those complex barrel ferment and lees derived nuances that are hard to describe (“funk” is the description du jour). I’m really happy with this. The lip-smacking acid in particular has me reaching for the second (and third) glass.

2017 Pinot Noir
Little by little, through careful work in the vineyard and winery, we’re building layers of complexity into this wine. 2017 was a touch cooler than the two preceding vintages and there is a gorgeous elegance here. Subtle flashes of floral and red berry aroma shine through a background of leaf litter and Indian spices. Silky tannins too.

2017 Ceoltoiri
A joyful wine. Vibrant red fruit with a twist of leather. Just delicious. It’s the ripest Ceoltoiri we have released at 14.5% alcohol but there’s nothing aggressive about it. The bottle disappears with amazing speed. (You’ll need a case…)

2016 Syrah
Whole Shiraz berries (no whole bunches) from the top half of our T&L Block One. A month on skins and then two years in tight grained French puncheons (larger, 500 Litre barrels). This is a wine of power and purpose.

It captures the haunting rose petal aromas – the calling card of fine Murrumbateman Shiraz – and girds them with a belt of rich, dark fruit that drives the authority home. This will live and grow for many years in the cellar if you have the patience to wait. Our first vintage, the 2006, looks utterly stunning today.

‘… exceedingly complex and charming. A wine of real beauty’ – Huon Hooke.

We’ll have these wines on tasting for a short time at the cellar door if you’re in the area. Order online today and avoid the disappointment of missing out!

Warm regards,

Tim Kirk

2016 O’Riada Shiraz released

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2016 O’Riada Shiraz.

The O’Riada is made from fruit picked from our estate vineyard and other excellent sites in Murrumbateman and Hall. It’s a quintessential Canberra Shiraz. Ripe red berries and plenty of spice.

“The definition here is impressive, smooth and ebulliently ripe red berry and plum fruits with pastry-like nuances and gently spicy waves. Rich. Effortless appeal and flows smoothly along on ripe, detailed tannins. Great balance. Drink now to 2028” – Nick Stock

We’re thrilled that for the second year in a row the Shiraz Viognier made James Halliday’s 2017 Top 100 list.

“The perfumed, spicy bouquet with 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.”

Just in time for summer the 2017 Viognier Nouveau is now out.

“…It’s elegant, slippery, touched by spice, just-ripe, refreshing. Light, almost stony…” – Campbell Mattinson

Rare & Small Batch Release

This is a great day on the Clonakilla calendar. We get to release our edgier rare and small batch wines to you, our devoted Clonakilla family.

2015 and 2016 were both cracking vintages so we had no excuses to produce anything below par.

I’m confident you are going to very happy with these wines. My only regret is that we have no Tumbarumba Chardonnay to offer you this year due to a severe frost that wiped out the fruit from our grower Steve Morrison at Revee Estate. (The 2017, now finishing it’s ferment in barrel, looks terrific)

2016 Viognier
Classically rich from a warmer year, it retains its signature balance of opulence and restraint.

2016 Pinot Noir
Just delicious with abundant red berry fruit and a wild, savoury edge.

2016 Ceoltoiri
Not too heavy, not too light, just eminently drinkable. Something new and exciting has been discovered in Murrumbateman.

2015 Ballinderry
A blend of the Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Two years in oak. A powerful wine and a great example of the style.

2015 Syrah
This wine: ‘very aromatic …elegant, poised & stately.. abundant fine tannins… lovely balance. 98 points’ – Huon Hooke
Just buy it…

Warm regards,

Tim Kirk

New year releases: 2015 O’Riada & 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Happy New Year!

The release of the 2015 Shiraz Viognier last September took place amidst strong international demand and a flurry of amazing reviews.

We are delighted to be releasing its little brother, the 2015 O’Riada Shiraz. This wine shows all that is great about the 2015 vintage in Canberra and presents it at a price point that makes it a must buy for sure!

“Brilliant wine..very attractive and exuberant.” – Nick Stock

“It’s a pearl…combines elegance and power.” – Campbell Mattinson

We have also just released the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. Vibrant, fresh fruit characters and a zesty, crisp palate. Perfect for summer drinking.

Warm regards,

Tim Kirk

Spring releases – two benchmark wines

Is this the most highly anticipated release we have ever had? The volume of calls we have taken and emails we have received have been phenomenal. Well today is the day….the 2015 Shiraz Viognier and 2016 Riesling are now available for purchase.

2015 Shiraz Viognier
As seasons go, I’m not sure you can get better conditions than we had in 2015. There was higher than average rainfall in December and January. By late January things warmed and dried and the miracle began to unfold: Day after day of mid to high 20s, cool nights, light breezes, a steady, warm glow in the vineyard with no pressure from excessive heat, rain or wind. Ripening proceeded like a dream.

There is more of everything in the 2015. Intensely aromatic with a mysterious energy pulsing through the palate. Insistent and persistent. A grand cru if ever we have made one.

The critics agree:

“It is a thinker’s wine, it stops you, draws you in and captivates. Incredibly detailed and floral-scented, the sumptuous and finely poised palate is a masterpiece.” – James Halliday

“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

“I’m taken. Gorgeous, silky texture, a symphony of character in fragrance, game meats, herbs, red berries, clove, sweet spice. The palate is incredible – supple, pliant, long, satiny yet etched with the finest tat-work of lacy tannin. It’s savoury, fruit driven, pure-feeling but lifted on fine spicy oak and glossy acidity. In essence, it drinks utterly superbly. It’s next level. It’s a new classic for Clonakilla. Glory be. 97″ – Mike Bennie

With so much attention on the Shiraz Viognier, the 2016 Riesling simply won’t get the attention it deserves. Don’t miss it. It’s a cracker!

Effortless drinking here, with a high quality feel. Zips along on piercing acidity that drills a zingy hole through the juicy, cool, limey fruit character found in the wine. Aromas are floral, citrussy, lime and kaffir lime leaf, ginger scented, faintly yeasty. Pretty as. Fresh, flirty, then finishes with fine, chalk-meets-crushed-slate vibe.” – Mike Bennie

Look out for the notification of the 2016 Clonakilla Dinner Series in a couple of weeks time. This year we will be partnering with our friends from the wonderful Ogier winery in Cote Rotie.