Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2017 (Murrumbateman, NSW) "...dark fruit, chocolate, pepper..."
The 2017 continues the long line of beautiful vintages that has established the lofty status of our flagship wine. The reviews are amazing:
One of the greatest vintages of this wine. It has a super complex array of white and black peppers, hard brown spices, leaves, flowers and fresh wet earth, as well as graphite-like dark stony notes.The palate is immaculately detailed, long and silky with flavours of blackberries, red cherries, red plums, dark cherries and dark chocolate. The palate is delivered with steady elegance and power, showing unwavering build and a seemingly never-ending trail of fresh and spicy fruit flavours. With the most immaculate tannins, too. The real soul of this wine shines through in this perfectly simpatico vintage. Fascinating to drink now, but it is best to give it some time. Try around 2025." - 98/100, Nick Stock (jamessuckling.com)
"A co-fermented 94/6% blend. The hue is good, although not deep - pinotish. Tim Kirk nails it when he writes of a line of pure spice running through the bouquet and palate - I would simply add ‘and the aftertaste' because this has superb length and texture, replete with red berry flavours. Clonakilla at its best. Drink by 2037." - 98/100, James Halliday