Category Archives: Shiraz Viognier

2008 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier

Clonakilla 2008 Shiraz Viognier

On the weekend we unscrewed the cap on a lovely bottle of the 2008 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier.  A wine of this pedigree is found rarely, so we have nearly a case on hand; it is always a joy to experience – and to review.

In fact, we drank the entire bottle in a single session, and since it was so refreshingly crisp and tasty we didn’t pair it to dinner; we simply opened and rank it after dinner as “dessert”. 

Tasting Notes:

We decanted the wine into a Riedel Amadeo decanter to give the wine an opportunity to breathe for a little while before the first pour.  The wine’s colour was a pleasant dark red (see pictures, below), with a medium body which provided a degree of viscosity after swirling in the (large) glass.  The bouquet was tantalizingly sweet, the wine had traces of plum and perhaps a chocolaty (sultana inspired?) quality with subtle spice, oak and a well rounded finish courtesy of the viognier.

We can’t wait to see which direction this vintage will take with further aging! 

Recommended to drink now and for the next 10+ years.

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier    Clonakilla 2008 Shiraz Viognier Tasting Notes

An Aussie Father’s Day at Lerida Estate

Lerida Estate

Lerida Estate

Today, as an early Father’s Day outing, Aussie Wine Guy and his entourage made the journey to the shores of Lake George and up to the welcoming cellar door at Lerida Estate.  Lerida has a reputation for being one of the Canberra Region’s outstanding vineyards, and its location just to one side of the Federal Highway makes it an ideal place to stop,

Lerida Estate Lerida EstateLerida Estate Lerida Estate

It’s been a while, but Aussie Wine Guy has had the Lerida site on the “TODO” list for quite some time.  We arrived just past midday, and were able to peruse from a tempting variety of food options at Cafe Lerida, before heading to the bar for some wine tasting.  See below for tasting overview.

For lunch, AWG had the Lerida Tasting Plate (above, right) which contained a mouthwatering selection of gourmet treats including some of the best fetta he has tasted in ages.  This was paired to a glass of the 2010 Shiraz Viognier which well complimented the arrangement.

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Lerida Estate

Lerida Estate Wines

  • 2011 Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a signature variety for the winemakers at Lerida Estate.  The 2011, has a high fidelity bouquet – a succulent combination of fruit overtones – complimented by a dark red colour and decent viscosity.  Subtle undertones of cherry and berries, nice tannin aftertaste, perfect Canberra Region product.

  • 2010 Shiraz Viognier

Slightly softer bouquet with a dark red colour, medium bodied with a balanced flavour, stronger Shiraz tastes dominating the viognier.  Shows signs of promise – could be a dark horse in the cellar.  Should continue to mature for a number of years.

  • 2011 Botrytis Pinot Gris

This is possibly the only Botrytis Pinot Gris in all of the Australian winemaking regions.  Fans of sweet wine will rejoice in the sweetness of this surprising wine.  Unlike other Botrytis-infused varieties (Semillon, Riesling etc) this dessert wine was a treat with a beautiful gold colour, fruit salad bouquet and sugary tastes of apricot, apple and sultanas.  A very nice and intriguing sweet wine.

Lark Hill

On our way back down the Federal Highway, AWG was under instructions to obtain two bottles of Lark Hill’s Auslese Riesling, so we split off and navigated down the refurbished Mac’s Reef Road on the way to Bungendore.

The cellar door was as inviting as always, and AWG took the opportunity to taste two additional glasses before purchasing the required bottles of Auslese as requested.

Lark Hill

Lark Hill Wines

  • 2013 Viognier

Splendid bouquet and very clear colour with limited viscosity.  Slightly higher than anticipated acidity, very fresh zesty and crisp aftertaste, quite nice – perfect summer wine.

  • 2012 Pinot Noir

One of the first varieties at Lark Hill to be made using biodynamic certified processes (they all are now), the Pinot was (in my opinion) nicer than the Lerida product.  Hints of spices, nice ruby colour and good viscosity, cloves and light cinnamon.  A very nice drop.