2019 Clonakilla Shiraz-Viognier Canberra New South Wales
Winemaker's Notes: A warm growing season followed a dryer than average winter. Yields were 20% down, but what we lost in volume we gained in intensity. 77mm of rain in January and 32mm in February were a timely blessing. Come harvest time we picked some of the richest, darkest fruit we have seen at Clonakilla.
Deeply aromatic, opulent and powerfully ripe. Plush tannins and layers of dark fruit deliver a robust palate and serious cellaring potential.
6% co-fermented Viognier.
Bob Campbell - 97pts - "Deep, bright red/purple colour with a fragrant sweet-spice aroma, white pepper, cloves—an assortment of spices, nicely harmonized, nothing dominating too much. The wine is medium-bodied but very intense with a long carry, and firm, tightly-coiled tannins on the follow-through. A beautifully perfumed, harmonious, fine but intense wine. (6% co-fermented viognier. Yields were 20% reduced) "
James Halliday - 96pts - "Some wines have such distinct DNA. This is one of them. It packs so many layers of flavour and depth, yet never moves much beyond medium body. It smells of a souk market; spicy, peppery and exotic. It's replete with dark fruit, wood char and a touch of wintergreen. Raw silk tannins matched to a neat acid line give freshness, vibrancy and a promise it will last some distance yet."
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