Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2018 (Murrumbateman, NSW) "...red fruit, floral, baking spice..."
"The best vintage made at Clonakilla to date! Perfection! ...This is phenomenal" - James Suckling/Nick Stock
A hail storm in January 2018 gave us plenty to worry about, reducing what was already a small crop, the vines recovered well. A brilliant ripening season followed, marked by a run of gorgeous weather in the crucial late Summer/early Autumn.
"Opulent aromas of roses, violets and layered spices, ripe berries of every hue. Perfectly formed tannins frame complex fruit flavours across the palate. This wine will age magnificently." - Tim Kirk
"Incredibly complex aromas of baking spices, fresh red fruit and a fine and elegant, floral edge,as well as red cherries, raspberries and red plums. This is phenomenal, so precise and concentrated with such detail and power, delivered with elegance and precision. The palate is super long. The best vintage made at Clonakilla to date! Perfection! Drink now, but better from 2026." - 99 Points. James Suckling, Nick Stock
"The colour is medium to deep red/purple and the bouquet is lifted, spicy, aromatic and floral, with refinement and palate tension. Fragrant herbs, mint, subtle pepper and mixed spices. Violets and assorted berries and the tannins are fine and firm, tautly tensioned and precise, running the full length of the very long palate. A delicious wine in a medium-bodied but seriously structured style." - 98 Points. Huon Hooke