Clonakilla Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc 2015 ~ Canberra Region, Australia
James Halliday 94/100
Campbell Mattinson "Provides great pleasure. Slips easily through the mouth but shows excellent intensity of flavour throughout. Tropical fruit, cut grass, lemon and slate. It's fresh and fruity but fine; precise."
Chris Shanahan - Canberra Times ~~ "We know Clonakilla best for its cutting-edge shiraz-viognier blend, shiraz, riesling and viognier. But like many small vignerons, the Kirk family grows many other grape varieties – some planted in the early years to test the region's potential, brims with vibrant, herbaceous varietal fruit flavours and others to meet consumer demand. Sauvignon blanc and semillon fall into both categories and today provides the Kirks, and their followers, with an affordable white quaffer for early drinking. The bone-dry wine brims with vibrant, herbaceous varietal fruit flavours, cut through with refreshing, tingly acid." 2015 is Clonakilla's 40th vintage and with its bountiful early summer rain followed by a beautiful warm late summer and early autumn, it turned out a wonderous vintage for them, producing generous crops of perfectly ripened grapes. This Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend shows vibrant, fresh fruit characters and a zesty, crisp palate. Ready to drink right now.
Clonakilla is an Australian winery based in the Canberra wine region of Murrumbateman, New South Wales. Clonakilla was the first commercial winery to open in the region and founder John Kirk is often referred to as the "father" of the wine industry in the area.
Clonakilla, which translates as "meadow of the church", are most famous for their Shiraz-Viognier.