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”.
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.