Clonakilla Syrah 2010

Wine of the Week by Rhys Gard

Clonakilla Syrah 2010
Region: Canberra District, Australia
Grape variety: Syrah
Price: $90.00
Tasted: April 2014
95 Points
www.clonakilla.com.au

It’s no secret Tim Kirk’s been making some of Australia’s best wines for the last twenty years. Nor is it a surprise to discover an influence from the wines of the Rhone Valley.

Kirk has received a spate of medals and accolades for his French inspired wines, grown on the inimitable soils of Murrumbateman.

Admittedly, I’m very lucky to get my paws on this bottle. If you look on the website, it has sold out. But what’s great about Clonakilla – and a reason I chose this wine to feature – is that you can’t really go wrong with whatever you decide. The latest release of the Shiraz Viogner may bear a hefty 90+ price tag, but open the bottle in ten years and tell me it’s not worth it. I dare you.

The wine lingers on the palate longer than any other Shiraz I’ve had from Australia. It has beautiful cool climate characteristics – cherry, black pepper, a melange of spice – that only continues to develop the longer it’s left open. Delicious, long, and supple. I have to stop, or I’ll continue extolling all day.

What to pair with this wine? Go with meat, but keep it simple. Eat quickly, or not at all. This is the kind of wine you want to drink on its own.

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