Meet the maker. Canberra district winery pioneer Tim Kirk.
Tim Kirk of Clonakilla Wines, crowned 2013 Gourmet TravellerWINE magazine Winemaker of the Year creates world renowned Canberra District wines.

Canberra District winemaker Tim Kirk was crowned the 2013 Gourmet TravellerWINE magazine’s Winemaker of the Year.

It was the third time the Clonakilla winemaker from the Murrumbateman region near Canberra had been nominated for the award.

VisitCanberra Director Ian Hill said the award was a great recognition for both Tim and for the standard of wine being produced by the Canberra District’s cool climate winemakers.

‘Clonakilla is one of the region’s leading wine producers offering fabulous wine and an intimate boutique cellar door experience,’ Mr Hill said.

‘The great thing about the region’s wineries is that there are 33 cellar doors within 35 minutes’ drive of Canberra’s city centre.’

Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine said Kirk had kick-started a fashion for this Côte-Rôtie-inspired approach to cool climate Shiraz.

Clonakilla’s 2012 Shiraz Viognier was recently named in the top three Australian shirazes in the 2014 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, scoring 97 points just behind the 2008 Penfolds Grange and the 2008 Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz. Clonakilla’s 2012 Riesling also scored 96 points along with another Canberra District wine, Helm Premium Riesling 2012 made by Ken Helm.

The 2013 Shiraz Viognier has also been awarded 98 points by esteemed Australian wine critic James Halliday

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