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Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2005

June 21, 2007

img_3022.jpgThe first time I tasted this wine was two years ago at the annual Viognier tasting at Millbrook Winery in the Perth Hills. Twelve Viogniers from Australia and France featured in two brackets including classics from Yalumba, Guigal, Yves Cuilleron and Georges Vernay. Distinguishing the Viogniers didn’t cause too much trouble with the French being less alcoholic, more elegant, subtle and concentrated than their Australian counterparts. The third and last bracket of the tasting consisted of Shiraz Viognier blends. This turned out to be a different story when I mistook the 2004 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier for a Côte Rôtie from Georges Vernay, the only French delegate in the line-up. The so often heard comment that Tim Kirk’s flagship is reminiscent of a Côte Rôtie turned out to be true. The 2005 wino sapien and I simultaneously drank last Sunday was no different. The nose of this wine is simply gorgeous with a mixture of cherry, raspberry, spices and gamy aromas being complemented by the fragrance of the 7% Viognier component. With its soft and silky tannins the palate is about elegance balanced by the power and intensity of concentrated fruit and spice. The wine finishes fresh, elegant and very, very long. A true showpiece for Australian Shiraz. 95 points.

Source: Mailinglist  Price: $70  Drink: Now-2018