Clonakilla Canberra District Shiraz Viognier 2013




The 2013 carries the extra degree of opulence that you see in the great years. Beautifully perfumed thanks to the co-fermented Viognier, it is ethereal, elegant and alluring. Its silky tannins bring together black fruits, dried herbs, rose buds and black pepper characters. It has the structure to age very well.

The fruit comes from two adjacent, family-owned vineyards just outside the village of Murrumbateman in the cool Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. Murrumbateman’s elevation is 600 metres above sea level. ‘Canberra District’ is the official geographical indicator for the winegrowing district around Canberra, Australia’s capital city.

2013 was a remarkable vintage. The days were warmer and the nights cooler than average and the rain came just when it was most needed.

Each vineyard block is kept separate through the winemaking and maturation process until final blend selections are made prior to bottling. Pre-fermentation maceration lasted three days, with 20% whole bunches. The wine spent an average of three weeks on the skins, followed by 12 months in French oak, of which 30% was new and the rest a combination of one, two and three year old barrels. The oak was all French and the coopers included Francois Freres, Sirugue, Mercurey and Taransaud.

13% abv
Clonakilla Canberra District Shiraz Viognier 2013
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