Clonakilla Canberra District Shiraz/Viognier 2017
A modern classic. Clonakilla’s take on the great wines of the Northern Rhone. It’s outstanding, a must.
Clonakilla's star wine. Inspired by time spent in the Northern Rhône, Tim has been co-fermenting these two varieties with multi award-winning results for 23 years. Classically medium bodied with a line of pure spice running through rose petals and ripe red berry aromatics. Restrained yet powerful, with superb length and texture.
Region/Country: Canberra, Australia
Grape/s: Shiraz, Viognier
Production Method: 30% whole bunches were used in the ferments with the remaining fruit destemmed and crushed before being added to the fermentation tanks. All parcels were co-fermented with 6% Viognier for a period of 18 to 21 days on skins. The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak.
Style: Ripe, dark fruit flavours with a deep, concentrated cherry and blackberry character. It has fine-grained tannins and a racy acidity
Pairing Suggestion: Grilled meats, bbq, roasts, vegetable dishes
Profile: Labelling a wine as Syrah or Shiraz used to be indicative of origin however now tends to refer to style. Wines labelled as Syrah will be in the classic French style, medium bodied, blue fruited and showing lovely peppery spice whereas Shiraz tends to be fuller in body, with riper red and black fruit character indicating a warmer climate - the Australian style. The variety responds very well to oak maturation, adding tannic structure to the fruity frame, allowing for extreme ageability. It is also a very good blending grape, adding richness, fruit and structure.
Classic Regions: Rhone Valley (France), Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale (Australia), Hawkes Bay (New Zealand)
Clonakilla is one of the leading estates in Australia, with an enviable reputation for Shiraz/Viognier. Clonakilla means ‘meadow of the church’ in Gaelic and is the name of the founder’s grandfather’s farm in County Clare, Ireland. Clonakilla is widely considered the standard bearer for the cool-climate brigade in Australia.