Friday, March 12, 2010


- Canberra District
- $80-$110
- Screwcap
- 14.0%alc

With a long succession of stellar vintages and a following that seems to grow inexplicably, Clonakilla's Shiraz Viognier has become a genuine threat to Grange's long held mantle of Australia's ultimate wine. Unsurprisingly the 2008, which has been available for about 6 months now, has already received rave reviews from practically every Australian critic imaginable.

Exotic, musky and floral, this vibrantly coloured young red opens gradually to a faintly meaty perfume of red cherries, raspberry, cinnamon and white pepper with a seamless measure of French vanilla oak. Medium-bodied, gloriously silky and satiny; its superlative palate achieves a level of opulent elegance some might believe unachievable with such a young Australian shiraz, as it unloads a perfectly ripened, vivid cocktail of small berry fruit flavours which are lifted by an expansive wave of carefully integrated spice notes. It finishes more savoury and agreeably firm, with a sensual tapestry of velvet-like, fine-grained, powdery tannins and a lingering impression of soft mulberry/raspberry character. It's ridiculously addictive and seems significantly more drinkable than at release.

ΓΌ+ Floral, evenly ripened, medium-bodied, soft, silky, fine-grained and long; the 2008 is a truly ethereal wine and another must-buy Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier for anyone wishing to know the full extents of what Australian shiraz can achieve. Superb. Drink to 2026.
96 points


  1. def best wine in Oz. keep ur eyes peeled 4 the 2009

  2. No arguments here! And currently looking...