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.
ü+ 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.