Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2013

James Halliday 98 Points!
Tyson Stelzer 98 Points!
Ralph Kyte-Powell 97 Points!
Campbell Mattinson 96 Points!

Australia, ACT (Canberra)
#Red  #Shiraz / Syrah  #Clonakilla  #Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier  #NSW / ACT  #Canberra District  


"2013 was a remarkable vintage. The days were warmer and the nights cooler than average and the rain came just when we needed it. The 2013 carries the extra degree of opulence that you see in the great years. It is beautifully perfumed; ethereal, elegant and alluring. It has the structure to age very well. 5% co-fermented Viognier."
Campbell Mattinson 96 Points!
"Fair to say that I love this release. It's a mid-point wine, not too heavy, not too light, full of spice and insistence and powerful through the finish, but light and fruity enough for sheer drinking pleasure to be a key part of its shtick. Meat, pepper, a keen feeling of intricacy, dark cherries, nuts.

Every now and then " if I can make this personal " I find myself staring and/or mesmerised by the handwork stitching on the lapel of a suit; this wine reminds of that. I was in a Japanese sword shop last week and the detail and adornment that goes into the handles of the great swords; craft is where the quality is, that consumed level of attention. Total Craft. Total Wine. Whatever you want to call it. This wine sits in that lineage but its beauty is all its own."
Campbell Mattinson
Tyson Stelzer 98 Points!
"Some young wines take hours to declare their full greatness, churning and evolving for some time before finding themselves. Others possess such an effortless confidence and elegant balance that their full calibre is apparent in seconds.

Even months before its October release, 2013 declares itself as one of the great Clonakillas thanks to a season of warmer days and cooler nights than average and rains exactly when they were needed.

The result is gloriously exotic, yet at every moment distinguished, effortless and refined, assembled with impeccable precision engineering, with every element in intricate balance.

Great depth of pepper, rose bud, exotic spice, dried herbs and black fruits of all kinds are set in place by a very finely textured, mouth filling underlay of impeccably knit, silky tannins. The finish is epic, seamless and enduring."
Tyson Stelzer
Ralph Kyte-Powell 97 Points!
A modern Australian classic, Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier has never been better. The 2013 is a delight in the first flush of youth, and promises superb improvement over time. Plummy fruit has eau-de-vie like perfume, floral aromas, earthiness and a cut of peppery spice and flair; restrained oak plays a part. In the mouth gorgeously intense fruit meets perfectly poised tannins.
The Age Epicure, 10th February 2015.