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2005 Clonakilla Shiraz, Viognier

  • Producer
  • Vintage
  • Grape Variety
    Shiraz, Viognier
  • Region
  • Sub Region
    Canberra Districts
  • Size

Doctor John Kirk planted a vineyard at Murrumbateman near Canberra in 1971. Kirk also planted a small plot of viognier in the mid 1980s, and the Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier came about in 1992 when Kirk’s fourth son, Tim Kirk, co-fermented the viognier fruit with shiraz. He also included a tiny amount of pinot noir and mataro in the early trial blend.

The inventive and original Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier takes Australian shiraz in a completely new direction. A combination of a mature vineyard site, faith in nature and near-religious winemaking philosophies has resulted in a distinctive wine of extraordinary aromatic complexity, dimension, natural balance and completeness.

Tasting Notes

96 Points James Halliday
Fragrant and aromatic; a picture of medium-bodied, silky, satin elegance; if you want a musical analogy, think of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Spring. More prosaically, is very different to the 06, even allowing for the time in bottle, with more finesse and less power.

98 Points Campbell Mattinson
A superlative wine. A step up. Pretty, structural, complex, super-persistent, pure, light on its feet and yet powerful. This is the one.

2005 Clonakilla Shiraz, Viognier