Crimson. Transparent. Very correct, very youthful. Tingly. Reverberant, real wine!
Orange peel and black pepper on the nose. Taffeta layers of pepper, clove and oak spice and ripe but present tannins bring great complexity and structure to its sour plum and bright cherry fruit. Needs time to unfurl – potentially glorious.
This Shiraz is emerging as one of the best in the Canberra region. Intense spicy, peppery aromas and flavours of elegance. The tannins are soft and gentle, and the total impression is one of harmony.
A big, bold bruiser of a wine, albeit one dressed in the vinous equivalent of an Armani suit – all elegant refinement on the surface.
The bouquet...reveal[s] the intricate layers of black fruits that lie therein; time reveals succulent black fruits, minerals, fine spices and a touch of fresh garden herbs; the palate delivers a wonderful mixture of opulent fruit, savoury complexity, and silky fine tannins that persist for an incredibly long time; only at the very end do you get a glimpse of the fine oak in use; certain to be long-lived.
The Theology of Wine
The celebrated 2001 was flamboyant with apricots and flowers; spice and lemon was creeping in by 2003. The 2005 had orange and tangerine over a thoroughbred fruit line, and the component wines I tasted for the 2009 suggest a return to blossom and nougat, fused to voluptuous cherry and bramble fruits and structured by the inner sinew of whole-bunch stems. You can see why the Clonakilla Shiraz-Viognier has its reputation for disarming sensuality.