2016 Syrah

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“…a wine of rare beauty” – Huon Hooke

Every year at Clonakilla we fill a single fermenter with pure Shiraz from our North-East facing T&L vineyard. The winemaking is kept as simple as possible. Whole berries (no whole bunches) are fermented warm by their own native yeasts. The wine spends a month macerating on skins and twenty-two months in fine-grained French oak puncheons (500 Litre barrels).

The 2016 vintage was generous and early. Late summer temperatures were consistently warmer than average. Picked on the auspicious date of February 29.

This is a wine of power and purpose. It captures the haunting rose petal aromas – the calling card of fine Murrumbateman Shiraz – and girds them with a belt of rich, dark fruit that drives the authority home. This will live and grow for many years in the cellar if you have the patience to wait. Our first vintage, the 2006, looks utterly stunning today.

Tim Kirk
14.0% Alc/Vol


Is it the perfume? Is it the structure? Is it the detail? It's all that and so much more for this

complex and exquisitely balanced wine.

There's a purity to the fruit, a mix of florals, spice and herbs; while it's fuller-bodied with some depth, there's lightness too, then the finely chiselled tannins take this to a resounding finish. A long future assured and rather stunning now.

James Halliday - Wine Companion

This is a wine of rare beauty. The colour is bright but not dark, and the aroma is spicy, vegetal, foresty and ultra-complex.

effortless natural charm

Medium-bodied, intense and superbly textured, it has soft, gentle tannins and great elegance. Its appeal grows with every sip. It has an effortless natural charm.

Huon Hooke

Syrah from Clonakilla. What can’t they do with the magical shiraz grapes of Canberra District. You can see and feel the breeding and pedigree here though, truly.

Such beautiful drinking. Oh my.

So elegant and fine boned, porcelain texture with the smooth and slightly grippy texture in tow, a tussle that ends up in finesse and glide. It’s beautiful in texture alone.

Perfumed as all get out, red berries and cherry, sweet floral notes, white pepper and a whiff of wet stone. Flavours are subtle, understated, cusp of ripe berries and dashed with more pepper. That glide though… such a sexy wine. Such beautiful drinking. Oh my.

Mike Bennie