Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2015


98 Points James Halliday
97 Points Mike Bennie
96 Points Huon Hooke
99 Points Nick Stock


“I’m taken. Gorgeous, silky texture, a symphony of character in fragrance, game meats, herbs, red berries, clove, sweet spice. The palate is incredible – supple, pliant, long, satiny yet etched with the finest tat-work of lacy tannin. It’s savoury, fruit driven, pure-feeling but lifted on fine spicy oak and glossy acidity. In essence, it drinks utterly superbly. It’s next level. It’s a new classic for Clonakilla. Glory be.”  97 Points Mike Bennie 

“Tim Kirk is continuing to refine and explore the myriad of possibilities from this great site. Increasingly turning to higher proportions of whole bunches in the fermentations, he is getting greater and greater detail in his flagship wine. It is a thinker's wine, it stops you, draws you in and captivates. Incredibly detailed and floral-scented, the sumptuous and finely poised palate is a masterpiece” 98 Points James Halliday
 
“Deep, bright red/purple colour; youthful and fresh and it smells likewise, with lifted spicy, floral aromatics. Stems are evident, adding to the fragrance without being domineering. It's intense and medium to full-bodied on the palate, coating the mouth's interior with fine, soft tannins. It's beautifully balanced towards its extended finish. Delicious wine already, but it has the makings of a top bottle if cellared. There's an amazing array of spice aromas and flavours. Lovely stuff.” 96 Points Huon Hooke
 
“This is a rare beauty, to see a syrah-based wine that delivers power in such an elegant way; 2015 is a really impressive vintage for Clonakilla across the board and this, the flagship wine, is every bit as great as it should be. The aromatic spectrum is vast, from fine musky florals to white pepper and almost every imaginable spice, then an incredibly exuberant explosion of fruit, boysenberry, raspberry, cherries of every shade, plus plums from red to blue and purple; it is full of life. The palate has an incredibly deep draw, total palate saturation of ripe red cherry, raspberry and red plum flavor, with chocolate and a dusting of white pepper. The tannins radiate light and energy, bright from start to finish. Perfectly ripe, seamlessly balanced and actually very approachable. Drink it now, but there's plenty to come in time; this will be best from 2022.”  99 Points Nick Stock

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