The Shiraz Viognier is Clonalilla's flagship, a careful selection of the best of the Shiraz Viognier parcels they craft from their Murrumbateman vineyards. As seasons go, I’m not sure you can get better conditions than they had in 2015. There was higher than average rainfall in December and January. Enough to make them a little nervous at the time and adding focus to their efforts to have the spray programs in good order. By late January things warmed and dried and the miracle began to unfold: Day after day of mid to high 20s, cool nights, light breezes, a steady, warm glow in the vineyard with no pressure from excessive heat, rain or wind. Ripening proceeded like a dream. The Shiraz and Viognier grapes were picked in immaculate condition and Clonakilla edged up the level of whole bunches in the ferments from 22% to 30%. As ever, all parcels were natural yeast ferments. 18 – 21 days on skins and twelve months in one third new French barriques from Taransaud, Francois Freres, Mercurey and Sirugue. 5% co-fermented Viognier. There is more of everything in the 2015. Intensely aromatic with a mysterious energy pulsing through the palate. Insistent and persistent. A grand cru if ever we have made one. The wine will cellar for many years. 5% co-fermented Viognier.
In any six $101.19
Each $109.99
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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, and 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, 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.
Varietal Composition:
Shiraz Viognier