2020 Clonakilla Eden Valley Shiraz

Eden Valley, SA

Intense fragrant Shiraz, with fruit sourced from the Eden Valley.


...firm yet textural tannins and a brightness throughout make this approachable particularly if matched to hearty food.

Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)

About The Wine

With Clonakilla losing its entire 2020 crop to smoke taint, Tim Kirk went further afield to source fruit, and old friends at Yalumba came to the rescue with a great parcel of rich Eden Valley fruit.

The result is the first ever Clonakilla Eden Valley Shiraz - a super-perfumed, concentrated red with a smooth creamy palate.

The Clonakilla quality stamp is all over the wine, even though it is a richer, riper version of their usual NSW Shiraz releases.

About Clonakilla

Clonakilla is one of the true icons of the Australian wine scene. Since its inception, it has been one of the leading lights of the Australian cool climate wine insurgence.

They boast one of the most collectable wines in the country in their Shiraz Viognier, a wine of outstanding quality and consistancy over the last two decades.

Whether Shiraz, Riesling or otherwise, every wine in the Clonakilla stable is considered among the benchmark examples in Canberra District.

Quite simply, Tim Kirk and his family-owned estate is one of the true gems in the Australian wine industry crown.

Shiraz Viognier fermenting at Clonakilla
Shiraz Viognier fermenting at Clonakilla
Canberra, ACT
Additional Info

From The Producer

In 2020 we suffered the catastrophe of losing our entire crop to smoke taint. Generous friends came to our rescue with clean fruit from regions outside NSW. The fruit for this powerfully fragrant, dark berried Shiraz came from the Yalumba vineyards in the Eden Valley in South Australia. Thanks to Louisa Rose and the Hill-Smith family for making the grapes available to us.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 14.5%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

Owner/winemaker Tim Kirk
Owner/winemaker Tim Kirk
Murrumbateman, NSW
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"The 2020 harvest in Canberra District was hugely impacted by bushfire, so Tim Kirk and co at Clonakilla reached out to the good folks of Yalumba for some resources – here, the shiraz of some Eden Valley resource.Interesting how much game meat, exotic-smoky spice and savouriness enters this wine, though it’s also distinguished for its ripeness, sweet fruit profile, dusty tannins and quiet opulence. It really feels like Yalumba and Clonakilla have become easy lovers here – savouriness, silkiness, the bolshy ripe fruit, concentration. Seamless flow, a little edgy and skittish through the finish. Between perfume and finish, though, there’s lots of pleasure here." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"As with the 2020 viognier, fruit for this wine came from Yalumba – vigneron friends helping out when smoke taint wiped out Clonakilla’s entire vintage. Collaborations like that make me feel warm and fuzzy. Or is it the wine? Both. While the fruit flavour is deep, ripe and rich, with more dark plums than cherries, it is distinctly savoury: hints of good meaty reduction, baking spices, licorice with a touch of menthol plus cedary oak inputs. The flavours build across the fuller-bodied palate, firm yet textural tannins and a brightness throughout make this approachable particularly if matched to hearty food." - Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)


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