50 Years of Clonakilla
Next Occurrence : 30 Apr 2022
Perfect. Astonishing. Elegant. Refined. The label? Clonakilla. The praise? Effusive.
Now – exclusively for Tasting Australia – comes a masterclass exploring the dazzling depths of this Canberra district producer.
Celebrate Clonakilla and its dedication to crafting wines that consistently achieve icon status. Sip your way through a vertical tasting of current releases and something extra special from the cellar.
The Clonakilla story began in 1971, when John Kirk planted vines on a 17-hectare site near the village of Murrumbateman. He had arrived in Australia from Ireland three years earlier, taking up a role with the CSIRO’s Division of Plant Industry in Canberra. Shiraz viognier holds special significance for both John and his son Tim, who joined the business and experienced the blend’s full potential during a life-changing visit to France’s Côte Rôtie in 1991.
The first Clonakilla shiraz viognier was made in 1992 and received immediate praise. In 2006 it was joined by the syrah – a darker, more brooding wine than the shiraz viognier with a distinct wild berry and potent spice character.
Today the family behind this groundbreaking winery believe the best is still to come. Like many vignerons they have faced nature’s wrath – including the impact of bushfire during 2020 – but continue to produce benchmark wines. Join Tim Kirk to celebrate and look to the future.
From $ 195 to $ 195