The Clonakilla 2003 Shiraz Viognier has just been released. Here's a sample reaction:
Respected Australian wine writer Jeremy Oliver will release his 2005 Australian Wine Annual at the end of September. The scoop is that he has reclassified the Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier, moving it from a level 2 ranking to a perfect 1. To put this in context, there are three other Australian Shiraz wines ranked at level 1: Penfolds Grange, Henschke Hill of Grace and the Wolf Blass Platinum Shiraz. Good company to be keeping!I'm not surprised. Tim's wines rock.
I'm also not surprised that it immediately sold out in North America.
I am, however, surprised that the Wine Exchange in Orange County didn't sell out of it... but I am surprised that they spelled it wrong, thereby preventing it from showing up correctly in the usual search engines.
I bought a case. Thanks to the vagaries of international exchange, it's selling for A$58 including shipping to Washington state... or A$12 less than it would cost if you bought it in Australia.