This collection showcases the best-represented variety in the Classification: Shiraz. Enduringly popular, these wines through many vintages feature in the finest cellars in the country.
Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier Canberra District 2016 — Langton's Classified 'Exceptional'
Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier is medium to full-bodied with highly aromatic ginger/ white pepper/ apricot fruit, underlying savoury French oak and fine slinky dry tannins. The Viognier component melts into the Shiraz and is rarely more than a "subliminal influence". The style captures the essence of contemporary winemaking philosophy and regional expression. This case contains two bottles each of the following Langton's Classified wines:
Grant Burge Meshach Shiraz Barossa 2012 — Langton's Classified 'Outstanding'
Meshach Shiraz is the flagship of the Grant Burge winery. It derives mostly from the Filsell Vineyard near Lyndoch, planted in 1920, with additional contributions from three other small sites, all with vines 100+ years old. The wine is matured in mostly new American and French oak hogsheads for around 22 months, and then in bottle for three years before release as a four to five-year-old. Meshach is a generous Barossa style with a ripe, dense palate packed with fruit, chocolaty tannins and supported by malty/roasted-chestnut new oak. Meshach develops attractive choc-berry/panforte characters with age. Named after Burge’s great-grandfather, Meshach neatly reflects both traditional winemaking philosophies and contemporary practices. The wine is prized for its consistency and cellaring potential.
Torbreck Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2015 — Langton's Classified 'Excellent'
Descendant Shiraz Viognier comes from a vineyard planted in 1994 using cuttings from a RunRig vineyard. Descendant’s Shiraz component is crushed over RunRig’s Viognier pressings and the two are co-fermented, then matured for between 18 and 24 months in second-fill French barrels previously used for RunRig. Descendant may be characterised by intense violet, blackberry, apricot and aniseed aromas, has rich, persistent flavours and finishes with dry, chocolaty tannins. The wine is clearly ‘descended’ from RunRig.
“The perfumed, spicy bouquet with red flowers and fruits doesn't prepare you for the intensity and piercing length of the beautifully balanced, medium-bodied palate. This is a truly glorious wine that draws you back again and again to explore the wealth of red fruit flavours, and the majesty of its textures and flavours.”
98 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion
“The three most important – for want of a better word – pillars of Australian Shiraz are arguably Penfolds Grange, Henschke Hill of Grace and Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier, with apologies to Tyrrell’s and Mount Pleasant, among others. Given the extraordinary run of quality of Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier over the past (nearly) 20 years it made me wonder, as I consumed a glass or two of this soon-to-be-released 2016, just how far Clonakilla is likely to reach into the mainstream Australian psyche. Will Clonakilla SV ever reach Hill of Grace status in mainstream fame terms? On quality, it should do so. On style, I suspect not. It’s just not big and obvious enough... Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier has lost none of its charm or power over the years, but it has become a lighter, more elegant and more finely drawn wine. The subtle change is clearly evident with this 2016. For a long time we’ve played with the term Burgundian Shiraz, especially in relation to Clonakilla, but the phrase is becoming increasingly apt. This wine is light on its feet, perfumed, exotic, marshalled with fruit and spice, and tannic. It doesn’t wallop you upfront; it saves itself for the finish. It’s not an impetuous wine. There are candied notes here, dry spices, woody anise, a whisper of peppercorn. I would almost describe this wine as crisp, such is its lack of gloop, its finesse, its cleansing run of flavour-infused acidity. This release will age magnificently. Drink to 2036+”
96 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
“Huge wallop of toasted coffee and dill oak, blackberry, sage and salted liquorice. Full bodied, thick black fruit, lavish toasted oak, plump and plush tannin that turns splintery as it moves through the palate, salty and earthy, with toasted coconut and mint carrying through onto the finish, and again the woody tannin. It’s good quality, full of impact, but even within the parameters of style, it’s not a wine I can find a lot of love for. It shudders.”
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
“Very deep, dark red/purple colour. The bouquet speaks of mocha chocolate/coffee, earth, vanilla and a trace of spice, the palate deep in blackberry and dark plum fruit as well, with a core of fruit sweetness. Lovely wine, but it just tapers off a bit short.”
92 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review