This may well the best Australian viognier I've seen. There's no sign of that annoying canned apricot flavour/texture here. Instead you have a wine that is subtle, nuanced, fresh and delicious. Clonakilla winemaker Tim Kirk may be best known for adding a little viognier to his shiraz to create an Australian icon, but he's also a dab hand with the Rhone white variety as a stand-alone varietal. Fermented purely in stainless steel and bottled early, this is wine for enjoying slightly chilled in ts youth. Kirk describes it as having "heaps of flavour without heaviness". I could drink a bucket or two of this. $26.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Here's a wine for those who like their reds on bigger side of the spectrum; more bulldozer than go kart. Orphan Bank is a testament to Langmeil's commitment to preserving old and rare Barossa vineyards. Ten rows of shiraz planted pre-1860 were saved from a developer's clutches and replanted alongside the original Langmeil vineyard on the banks of the River Para. Deep and inky in colour, this is a rich and powerful wine with sweet fruit, spice and impressive tannins that suggest it will cellar well. $50.