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Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2016 Cellar Release

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Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2016 Cellar Release

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2016 Cellar Release – STOP THE PRESS (I have always wanted to say that) – an aged release from one of my all time favourite vintages from my favourite Australian Shiraz.
Oh, giggidy! I mean… yeeeewwwww!

This is the winery that put the Canberra District on the world wine map. It seems almost redundant to write a long intro, given how often it’s been written up in The Wine Advocate before WINE ADVOCATE

This is a Shiraz Viognier of the highest order…this vintage sits confidently among the greatest syrahs on earth TYSON STELZER

Fans of the style will want to grab extra bottles of this one, as it should drink well for up to two decades. WINE ADVOCATE

The three most important – for want of a better word – pillars of Australian shiraz are arguably Penfolds Grange, Henschke Hill of Grace and Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier, with apologies to Tyrrell’s and Mount Pleasant, among others. Given the extraordinary run of quality of Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier over the past (nearly) 20 years it made me wonder, as I consumed a glass or two of this soon-to-be-released 2016, just how far Clonakilla is likely to reach into the mainstream Australian psyche. Will Clonakilla SV ever reach Hill of Grace status in mainstream fame terms? On quality, it should do so. On style, I suspect not. It’s just not big and obvious enough… Which of course is why it’s so good. Just look at the run here. CAMPBELL MATTINSON

The indefatigable Tim Kirk, with an inexhaustible thirst for knowledge, is the winemaker and manager of this family winery founded by his father, scientist Dr John Kirk. It is not at all surprising that the quality of the wines is exceptional, especially the Shiraz Viognier, which has paved the way for numerous others but remains the icon JAMES HALLIDAY

Short and to the point here. I don’t think Tim Kirk and Clonakilla require any introduction today. He and his team have forged a pathway to greatness from their humble estate in the Canberra district. Tim is widely regarded as one of this country’s (and I would argue one of the world’s) great masters of Shiraz. In my 20 plus years in the trade I have met few other winemakers who are quite as single minded, considered and thoughtful when it comes to their craft as Tim.

One only need to go back and read any offer, or post, I have ever made about these wines to know how I feel. Fortunately I am not alone here. It’s the general consensus amongst much of the trade. Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier is a reference point for quality in Australian wine.

As I mention in the header 2016 is one of my favourite vintages of this wine, and, it’s my favourite Aussie Shiraz. I know we aren’t supposed to have favourites but I have a very long love affair with this wine (hilltops too) and it has a special, sentimental, place in my wine world. A place it has earned through consistently placing up amongst my top releases in most vintages.

This is a remarkable opportunity to obtain this stunning release with a little age and at around the same price as the current release. Clonakilla always needs a few years, then tends to age in a fairly linear fashion over a long period. I can’t wait to get some myself. I will be buying as much of this as my good lady wife will allow me to (maybe a little more….).

As you would expect we do not have much. Also, as you would expect, the demand will be very high for these and I fully expect them to sell out in a flash. With that in mind we are only sending this to a small segment. Orders will be taken on a first in first served basis.

The reviews below do a far better job of conveying the quality of this wine than I could.

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Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2016 Cellar Release

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    Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2016 Cellar Release

    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. (98) JAMES HALLIDAY

    Medium to deep red colour with a good rim of purple, the bouquet is fresh and pepper/spicy with a decidedly foresty whole-bunch nuance. A lovely complex bouquet, which will only get more so with time. The palate flows on from the nose precisely, with intense spice and berry flavours, a hint of violets and some floral nuances. A perfumed, high-toned, supremely elegant red wine. (97) HUON HOOKE

    This is a shiraz viognier of the highest order, with desperate purity of white pepper, whole bunch mixed spice and plum skin, and a super fine, gravelly tannin structure of breathtaking presence yet unerring finesse. In enduring line, undeviating persistence and sheer, glorious beauty, this vintage sits confidently among the greatest syrahs on earth. (97) TYSON STELZER

    Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier has lost none of its charm or power over the years, but it has become a lighter, more elegant and more finely drawn wine. The subtle change is clearly evident with this 2016. For a long time we’ve played with the term Burgundian Shiraz, especially in relation to Clonakilla, but the phrase is becoming increasingly apt. This wine is light on its feet, perfumed, exotic, marshalled with fruit and spice, and tannic. It doesn’t wallop you upfront; it saves itself for the finish. It’s not an impetuous wine. There are candied notes here, dry spices, woody anise, a whisper of peppercorn. I would almost describe this wine as crisp, such is its lack of gloop, its finesse, its cleansing run of flavour-infused acidity. This release will age magnificently. CAMPBELL MATTINSON

    The newest release, the 2016 Shiraz-Viognier displays trademark florals, spices and red fruit. It's voluminous without being weighty, fruity and savory, with licorice, pepper and meaty notes on the long, silky finish. Fans of the style will want to grab extra bottles of this one, as it should drink well for up to two decades. WINE ADVOCATE

    The detailed layering in this wine is superb, as is the measured expression of exuberant fruit. Aromas of baking spices, pepper and bright red berry and cherry fruits make for enticing youthful appeal. The palate has an incredibly silky and elegant appeal. Bright red cherry and plum fruits JAMES SUCKLING


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