98 Points & Top 100 Wines of 2018 James Halliday
98 Points Nick Stock
The 2017 vintage was built on the wettest winter and early spring that any of them can remember. The early rain turned out to be a blessing, given the wa01rm and generally dry summer that followed.
After the heat of 2016 the more moderate conditions in 2017 made for an unhurried, steady ripening with layers of aroma and texture being built up along the way. In other words, a typical cool-climate year. Classically medium bodied with a line of pure spice running through rose garden and ripe red berry aromatics. 6% co-fermented Viognier
“A co-fermented 94/6% blend. The hue is good, although not deep – pinotish. Tim Kirk nails it when he writes of a line of pure spice running through the bouquet and palate – I would simply add ‘and the aftertaste’ because this has superb length and texture, replete with red berry flavours. Clonakilla at its best.” – 98 Points & Top 100 Wines of 2018 James Halliday
“One of the greatest vintages of this wine. It has a super complex array of white and black peppers, hard brown spices, leaves, flowers and fresh wet earth, as well as graphite-like dark stony notes. The palate is immaculately detailed, long and silky with flavors of blackberries, red cherries, red plums, dark cherries, blackberries and dark chocolate. The palate is delivered with steady elegance and power, showing unwavering build and a seemingly never-ending trail of fresh and spicy fruit flavors. With the most immaculate tannins, too. The real soul of this wine shines through in this perfectly simpatico vintage. Fascinating to drink now, but it is best to give it some time. Try around 2025.” – 98 Points Nick Stock for James Suckling