2008 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier. Murrumbateman, NSW. 14%

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 1

Recently read the “Heaven on Earth” article by Tyson Stelzer in the Dec/Jan ’13 Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine. It explained Clonakilla’s pioneering efforts in establishing a vineyard in the Canberra District and of the Shiraz Viognier blend in Australia. They have just celebrated the 20th vintage of this benchmark Australian wine.

Just flicked through the article again and it made mention of Clonakilla’s “characteristic granitic tannin structure”, which intrigued me. So I dived into the cellar to grab a bottle & find out exactly what this was referring to.

1 hour in the decanter.

Everything seems so seamless with this wine. Silky. Pretty violets, white pepper and Chinese five spice. Kinda reminds me of Chinese masterstock. Dark fruits wrapped around its ferrous tannin structure. Now I understand the “granitic tannin” reference. Very long, lingering after taste of strawberries, cranberries and smoky bacon fat. Zippy acid on the finish.

Sublime. A wine for quiet, contemplative sipping than drinking at raucous dinner parties. Grab a bottle, find a quiet corner with a book and whittle the hours away with this.

Excellent wine. If I were giving points, I’d say 96+ points.

Tasted 4th April 2013

Source: $75 from winery newsletter

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2

About Perth Wine Enthusiast

Casual observations of a Perth wine enthusiast. I am a recently turned 40 husband to a wonderful wife and father to 3 fantastic children. When work and family are not occupying me, my thoughts frequently turn towards two of my other passions in life, wine and food.


  1. talkavino

    Sounds like great description for a great wine. A “wine for quiet sipping” is my kind of wine. Looks like it has some limited availability in US…

  2. Pingback: My Top 12 wines of 2013 | Perth Wine Enthusiast

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: