"This 2018 may well be the best shiraz released in Australia this year." Campbell Mattinson
Clonakilla is a big name that lives up to the hype and reputation. Today we commence taking orders for one of Australia’s greatest Shiraz, the Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier. The vintage is 2018 and if it's true what critics are saying, then this will be one of the very best. This wine rates on a world scale and as James Halliday once said about a previous vintage, "Put this in a blind tasting with top–end Cote-Rotie wines of the Rhone Valley and it would be a bargain, easily outpointing wines costing far more.” There are 3 big wines in Australia - Grange, Hill of Grace and Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier but only the latter is priced anywhere near $100. And already it's getting the big scores from the big names:
Huon Hooke - 98 points "There’s great intensity as well as elegance here"
Campbell Mattinson - "This 2018 may well be the best shiraz released in Australia this year."
James Suckling - 99 points - "This is phenomenal"
Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier, despite the $114.95 price tag, is perhaps the most affordable of the big, iconic wines in Australia and this is perhaps the best wine they've ever produced. If your cellar needs a special wine, then look no further and consider Clonakilla. If you drink this is 10 years time, you'll be kicking yourself you didn't buy more.
"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." 99 Points. James Suckling, Nick Stock
"Australia’s best shiraz isn’t Australia’s best shiraz in every year, though Clonakilla comes close. This 2018 may well be the best shiraz released in Australia this year.
It’s a superb release. Just look at the tannin profile and then put down your glasses. Black berried fruit, a suggestion of meatiness, whispers of woodsy spice notes, a certain creaminess, a quick shake of pepper, a touch of volatility. Nothing protrudes; it’s the definition of seamless. The screw of tannin, so often left to last, begins almost at the start. We are looking at an ultra long term wine here, deserving of prime space in the best of cellars." 96 Points. Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front.
"The colour is medium to deep red/purple and the bouquet is lifted, spicy, aromatic and floral, with refinement and palate tension. Fragrant herbs, mint, subtle pepper and mixed spices. Violets and assorted berries and the tannins are fine and firm, tautly tensioned and precise, running the full length of the very long palate. A delicious wine in a medium-bodied but seriously structured style." 98 Points. Huon Hooke