2016 Shiraz Viognier released

The 2016 vintage was generous and early. Late summer temperatures were consistently warmer than average and a larger than average crop proved to be a double blessing, slowing the ripening, which would have otherwise raced ahead, and filling the fermenters in our newly expanded winery with some of the most opulent, spice laden, dark berry fruit we have seen. A powerful vintage with great cellaring potential.

From deep within the vineyards at Clonakilla Tim speaks about the soil structure and its impact on the wine.

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.

Spring Releases now available

Welcome to the first day of Spring – new vintage release day at Clonakilla.

We are delighted to be able to share with you our 2015 Riesling, 2014 Hilltops Shiraz and the majestic 2014 Shiraz Viognier.

The 2014 Shiraz Viognier is a perfect follow up to the stellar 2013. It’s fragrant and intense, from a season that had everything.

‘Rose petals and more rose petals – fragrant dark cherry too. The palate is so opulent and supple, with almost unbelievable length and finesse.’ ★★★★★- Lester Jesberg – Winewise

‘… modern classic, setting the bar for the co-fermented blend…96 points – Halliday Wine Companion 2016

‘Power, finesse, complexity and thick ribs of tannin…95 points – Campbell Mattinson – Wine Front

The 2015 Riesling is our 40th vintage and the first made using 100% whole bunch pressing in our new German made Europress.

‘…could be the best of the 40 vintages made to date. 96 points – Chris Shanahan – The Canberra Times

‘This wine may set a new standard for the region. It’s as pure as the driven snow… ★★★★★.’ – Lester Jesberg – Winewise

The 2014 Hilltops is our ripest, blackest Hilltops Shiraz since the epic 2009.

‘…full to the brim with saturnine black fruits…95 points – Halliday Wine Companion 2016

‘…ready to rip now but with the balance and tannin to see it mature for many a year. 93 points’ – Campbell Mattinson – Wine Front

I think you’re going to love these new wines.

In a couple of weeks we will announce our Clonakilla dinner series venues and dates for 2015.

Warm regards,

Tim Kirk

2013 Shiraz Viognier Magnums available now

I dare say you will roll your eyes, but I just have to recount some of what the critics have said about the 2013 Shiraz Viognier:

“… A magical wine, probably the best ever under this label. 97 points” – Huon Hooke

“… gloriously exotic, yet at every moment distinguished, effortless and refined… 98 points” – Tyson Stelzer

“… the iron fist in the velvet glove… glorious fragrance… silky and prodigiously long… 98 points” – James Halliday

“… like a ballet in your mouth… 98 points if I scored” – Winsor Dobbin

“… Possibly the best Australian Shiraz I have ever tasted.” – Will Lyon, Wall Street Journal

The 2013 Shiraz Viognier magnum is available now for immediate delivery, in our lovely new magnum boxes.

Warm regards,

Tim Kirk

2013 Shiraz Viognier Magnums available to pre-order now

I dare say you will roll your eyes, but I just have to recount some of what the critics have said about the 2013 Shiraz Viognier:

“… A magical wine, probably the best ever under this label. 97 points” – Huon Hooke

“… gloriously exotic, yet at every moment distinguished, effortless and refined… 98 points” – Tyson Stelzer

“… the iron fist in the velvet glove… glorious fragrance… silky and prodigiously long… 98 points” – James Halliday

“… like a ballet in your mouth… 98 points if I scored” – Winsor Dobbin

“… Possibly the best Australian Shiraz I have ever tasted.” – Will Lyon, Wall Street Journal

The 2013 Shiraz Viognier magnum is available for pre-order now. Delivery next month. (Yes, we are still waiting on our new magnum boxes to arrive…)

Warm regards,

Tim Kirk