It’s hard to talk about a wine like the Clonakilla shiraz viognier without repeating what has already been said, or sounding verbous. It’s the flagship wine from an iconic winery that has been leading their region of Canberra District for five decades.
Inspired by the wines of Côte Rôtie, winemaker Tim Kirk started adding viognier to shiraz ferments in 1992, after visiting the famed ‘roasted slope’. Fast forward a couple of decades and the wine in now the pinnacle of the Clonakilla experience and one of Australia’s most noted wines. When wine media are using words like superb, phenomenal and perfection - as they are for this 2018 release - you know they are talking about something special. A top of class wine, in a great year from a producer who is in their prime.
“Incredibly complex aromas of baking spices, fresh red fruit and a fine and elegant, floral edge, as well as red cherries, raspberries and red plums. This is phenomenal, so precise and concentrated with such detail and power, delivered with elegance and precision. The palate is super long. The best vintage made at Clonakilla to date! Perfection! Drink now, but better from 2026. Screw cap.”
It’s cool, we get it, you want to know absolutely everything about this wine. Well here you go, go nuts.
- Canberra District
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 94% Shiraz, 6% Viognier
- Serving Temp.
From the producer
Opulent aromas of roses, violets and layered spices, ripe berries of every hue. Perfectly formed tannins frame complex fruit flavours across the palate.
A hail storm on January 9 gave us plenty to worry about, reducing what was already a small crop. Mercifully, the vines recovered well. A brilliant ripening season followed, marked by a run of gorgeous weather in the crucial late Summer/early Autumn.
All the way from the green pastures of Ireland, the Kirk family built the legendary Clonakilla winery literally brick by brick. In Murrumbateman, just north of Canberra, John Kirk first planted vines in 1971 as a weekend hobbyist. Some years later, John’s hobby has become one of Australia’s most iconic wineries. Son Tim is now the face of this venture who took inspiration from the great wines of the Northern Rhône and ran with it. Tim has not only been instrumental in elevating Clonakilla, but the evolution of Australian shiraz itself. Fittingly, Tim was awarded the coveted Australian Winemaker of The Year award in 2013, another accolade in a long line of awards and praise, solidifying Clonakilla among Australia’s greatest wineries and certainly the history books.