March 16, 2011

#WBW71: Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2009

clonakillas09It is not hard to appreciate cool climate Shiraz with some of Australian shiraz becoming bigger than Ben Hur with their balance all over the shop from the more traditional Shiraz regions of Australia. The Kirk family has earned the reputation for producing some of the very best Shiraz in Australia and all too few wines can match their wine’s freshness and elegance which is the combination of cool climate and the quality of Clonakilla winemaking.

While this wine has been made with a cellorious future in mind, it is still very approachable now while the fruit is still vibrant & youthful. In saying that, the nose on this wine is tightly held yet with pepper and red & black fruit & herbs evident.  Being cool climate, the wine is medium bodied with respectable alcohol levels & finely grained tannins.  There is plenty of cool climate pepper to be found as well.  This is a great food wine, I have roast venison in mind.

Date: 1st October 2010   Price: $85   Value: $$$  Drink: Now –  10+ years

Bumped up from December for Wine Blogging Wednesday #71 – 16th March 2011

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