Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2009

I've now been lucky enough to try several vintages of Clonakilla's shiraz viognier, and there is a certain consistency of high performance that I am noting.  To date, I am yet to try one of their wines with aged characters, but the underlying quality of the wine is high, so I see no reason why it shouldn't age, rather than just survive.  A recently tasted Vidal-Fleury 2000 Cote Rotie has left me quite excited by what the shiraz viognier blend is capable of doing with age.  But, I'll have to wait and see.

Clonakilla's 2009 vintage of their shiraz viognier had an aroma of apricots and good plummy, spiced fruit.  The palate was also plummy, with good length.  An excellent wine.  90+ points.

Abv: 14%
Price: about $100
November 13, 2010


Alontin said…
I have yet to try the 2009, but I agree with your comments in general. Having said this, I don't find this wine bowls me over entirely. Too smooth and perfect, maybe?
I know what you are saying when you say it doesn't quite bowl you over. I still think there are a few wines in Langton's exceptional category that are a bit above the rest for audacious quality (Grange and Hill of Grace, for example), but that said, Clonakilla's SV is probably better than most. Hopefully I can line up a few vintages one-day and answer both my question as to whether it ages well and your question as whether it's a bit too even to be truly outstanding.


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