Clonakilla (Canberra District)
❁ Clonakilla (Canberra District) www.clonakilla.com.au
Kirk family Crisps Lane, Murrumbateman, NSW 2582
Tel: 02 6227 5877 Fax: 02 6227 5871
Tim Kirk is realising the potential first developed by his father Dr John Kirk, an Australian research scientist of Irish descent. The vineyard is gradually being expanded from the current 6 ha and Kirk is trialling five new Viognier clones which, no doubt find their way into the early bottled Viognier Nouveau label. Clonakilla’s top red, Canberra District Shiraz Viognier, includes around 7% Viognier and is now one of the best in the country, distinguished particularly by its individual expression of an Australian Shiraz-based blend. The pepper, spice, floral and berry amalgam is distinctive, elegant and supported by a depth, weight and structure that deserves at least 5 years’ ageing and has the pedigree to develop a further five plus. Viognier is very good too, complex with delightful may blossom and ripe peach aromas – it is tighter, with better structure than most Austalian examples, avoiding the excessive ripeness or alcohol of some. Made as they are on a similarly small scale, these really are wines to contrast with examples from good growers of Côte-Rôtie or Condrieu. A Hilltops Shiraz, while much cheaper than the Canberra District version, is quite different: more one dimensional without the same depth, expression or sheer style, but it is still one of the Hilltops’ best Shiraz. The mid priced, O’Riada Shiraz made from bought in fruit, may lack the lift and finesse of the estate Canberra District wine, but it is well concentrated with savoury layers. Shiraz from the Murrumbateman vineyard (not tasted) is now being bottle separately and is labelled Syrah. Riesling, Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot are also produced.
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