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Viognier Canberra District 2019 – Clonakilla

Fruity & Aromatic

This wine has fragrant aromas of orange blossom and musk with notes of ginger. On the palate, it has a silky texture and refreshing finish.

Availability: 30 in stock


Availability: 30 in stock

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About this wine

To produce the Viognier Canberra District Clonakilla, two thirds of the fruit was whole-bunch pressed and run straight into 600 litre demi-muid barrels.The wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts at around 22°C over 10 days, and the wine had regular lees stirring in the first six months. Partial malolactic conversion occurred before bottling the following February. John Kirk planted Viognier at Clonakilla in 1986 with a view to having a variety which would give the winery a point of difference. Very few wineries had this variety at the time. Tim Kirk visited the Rhône Valley in 1991 and saw the potential of the variety at Condrieu and Cote Rotie. Since 1992, Clonakilla has been blending Viognier with Shiraz and released their first varietal Viognier in 1998. Clonakilla is one of the leading estates in Australia, with an enviable reputation for Shiraz/Viognier. Clonakilla means ‘meadow of the church’ in Gaelic and is the name of the founder’s grandfather’s farm in County Clare, Ireland. In 1971, Dr John Kirk planted the Clonakilla vineyard at Murrumbateman, 40 kilometres north of Canberra, after his scientific curiosity led him to question why vines were not being grown in this area. His research showed that the soil and climate seemed suited to certain varieties. In 1991, Tim Kirk, the fourth of John’s six sons, travelled to the Rhône Valley. There he tasted a number of inspirational wines, including Marcel Guigal’s single vineyard blends. Inspired by these Côte-Rôtie wines, he began including a small amount of Viognier in the Clonakilla Shiraz from 1992. Tim took over full responsibility for winemaking at the 12 hectare family farm in 1997. Clonakilla now produces about 12,000 cases per year, which sell out year after year.

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