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2009 SHIRAZ-VIOGNIER, Clonakilla. Canberra, New South Wales, Australia

Bin:  700

Alcohol percentage:  14%

Area:

This is a remarkably cool area; the vineyards are outside the village of Murrumbateman in the Southern Tablelands, not far from Australia’s capital. At 600m above sea-level there is a huge diurnal range, with cool nights retaining vital fresh acidity in the grapes

Grape variety:

94% Syrah; 6% Viognier – so a blend based on the famous northern Rhône village of Côte Rôtie. 12 months in French oak (30% new oak)

Producer:

Established in 1971, the family estate was taken over by Tim Kirk in 1997, having ‘converted’ from a training as a Jesuit priest

Maturity potential:

Drink from 2012

Old Bridge rating:

This is a dead-ringer for the northern Rhône. Aromatic and fresh; a hint of beetroot and earth; long and complex

Press review:

97 points, Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday, July 2011 – “Deeply coloured; the bouquet is almost backward and is slow to reveal the intricate layers of black fruits that lie therein; time reveals succulent black fruits, minerals, fine spices and a touch of fresh garden herbs; the palate delivers a wonderful mixture of opulent fruit, savoury complexity, and silky fine tannins that persist for an incredibly long time; only at the very end do you get a glimpse of the fine oak in use; certain to be long-lived”.
“17.5/20. Drink 2014-2020. Crimson. Transparent. Very correct, very youthful. Tingly. Reverberant, real wine! ‘Could be best wine I’ve ever made,’ according to Tim Kirk.” – www. jancisrobinson.com

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