2022 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier
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2022 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier

Murrumbateman, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, AUSTRALIA
$120. 00
$1440.00 Dozen
ABV: 13%
Closure: Stelvin

Clonakilla's flagship, the Shiraz Viognier, represents a meticulous selection of the finest parcels from their Murrumbateman vineyard. The 2022 vintage, characterized by cool temperatures and a prolonged ripening period extending into autumn, has emphasized the wine's spice elements, showcasing their intensity and quality. Anticipate a beautifully fragrant experience, true to Clonakilla's classic style, with the presence of serious yet fine tannins ensuring cellar longevity.

Other Reviews....
A cool, attenuated vintage that seems to possess the prerequisites for prodigious grace and long-term aging: extract, freshness and guile. All of this without an ounce of heaviness, such is the gentle mid-weighted timbre of this beautiful expression. For those seeking Barossa or Brunello, look elsewhere! But for those who seek poise, detail and mellifluous drinkability with a balletic gait, this gorgeous wine's patina of Sichuan pepper, clove, red fruits, violet, iodine and dried porcini delivers on all fronts. A supremely sophisticated wine that takes patience to unravel. Drinkable now, but best after 2027. Screw cap.
96 Points
Ned Goodwin MW - JamesSuckling.com

The 2022 Shiraz Viognier is sensational, but that assessment isn't breaking any ground. It includes 5% Viognier co-fermented and had 20% to 35% whole bunches in the ferment. Lacy, ethereal and structural, this is equal part Boscobel rose (which, to me, smells of raspberry leaf tea and rose essence) and roasted meat juices. It is sweet and savory, spicy and svelte and peppered by layers of pastrami and roast beetroot. There are notes of earth, licorice, black tea, jasmine flowers in summer and lashings of dried exotic spices. This is affirming and good, so good. Drink it now for Pinot-esque pleasure or in 15-20 years for elegant, meaty, ethereal, fresh, complex, layered excitement. All good either way. This is one of my favorite Australian Shirazes. 13% alcohol, sealed under screw cap. Drink 2023 - 2042.
97+ Points
Erin Larkin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The cool vintage writ large, indeed. Beauty in quiet spaces.
It’s a compact and fresh-feeling release, gossamer threads drawn in a complex tapestry. Perfume is pretty, rose petals, violet this year, red cherry, fresh and sour, woody spices in clove and cinnamon, a touch of alpine herb. The palate is lacy, light on and quite transparent, a touch diffuse at present, but draws on its sheath of feathery tannin to tighten nicely, let’s say fine structure, while cooler red fruit flavours, woody and smoky spices lend character gently, but with potential on show. Right now, pianissimo as they say, but wait for the crescendo to come. Drink 2025 - 2040+
95+ Points
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front