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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

Two Shiraz and a Bordeaux

D'Arenberg2009 d’Arenberg ‘The Footbolt’ Shiraz,
McLaren Vale
South Australia, Australia

This is a pretty standard medium SA red, having a good nose on opening with a dark colour and slightly peppery and earthy undertones.

It lingered lightly on the palate. It should age well in the bottle for a few more years, It very well complimented a dinner of beef bourguignon and was liked by both male and female diners. It also went well with cheese and biscuits.  At $22 retail a bottle, I would buy this again and cellar it for a few more years.

Bimbadgen2009 Bimbadgen Shiraz
Hunter Valley
New South Wales, Australia 

This was a nice surprise as I was once told by Murray Tyrrell, that the Hunter Valley does not produce good reds. This had a strong red colour and you could smell the fruit in it on opening the bottle.

The slightly peppery and earthy tannins were pleasant and lingered nicely on the palate. This wine should cellar well for a few more years.  It was consumed with a meal of both pan seared fish and sirloin steak and went very well with both.

image2008 Chateau Lalande-Borie
Saint Julien
Bordeaux, France

For something different this wine is the answer. A very nice Bordeaux medium red, it lacks the strength and character of our Australian reds.

However, it was certainly very pleasant and a hit with both the ladies and men at dinner. The slightly lighter body and just a hint of sweetness made it very easy drinking. It may cellar well for a few more years but could be at its peak now.