Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier

2011 is a beautifully and exactingly crafted Clonakilla that upholds balance, persistence, longevity and harmony that transcend the challenges of the season. Great complexity and spicy intrigue begin in a bouquet singing with violets, plums, rhubarb, star anise, bay leaf, even curry powder, and an ever-present undercurrent of white pepper. A tightly packed core of black fruit brings depth to a honed palate that grips rails of taut, cool season acidity and the ultra-fine, powdery structure of firm, confident tannins. For lovers of intricacy, grace – and pepper. $85 direct.