|Our Price: $35.99 / bottle (RRP: $40.00 )||Case: 6 x 750ml|
97 Points - James Halliday Top 100 Wines of 2018, Best of the Rest
Sean O’Riada is one of the heroes of modern Ireland. A talented musician and composer, he is credited with taking traditional Irish music out of the kitchens and pubs of Ireland and putting it on the concert stages of the world. He died, prematurely, in 1971, the year Clonakilla was established by John Kirk. He was John’s cousin.
The 2017 vintage was built on the wettest winter and early spring that any of us can remember. The early rain turned out to be a blessing, given the warm and generally dry summer that followed.
The O’Riada is a quintessential Canberra Shiraz, fully charged with spice, floral notes and ripe red fruits.
Sourced predominantly from the estate vineyard and a select few growers in Murrumbateman.
Alcohol - 14.5%
Berries, spice, grilled nuts, cocoa bean. Perfectly ripe and sitting in the pocket. Definition of a great Canberra vintage.
'I hope and pray that Clonakilla O’Riada Shiraz remains at this price level. It’s not about me but: I love this wine. It’s built on acidity and spice as much as it is on fruit and tannin. It’s direct, it’s exotic, it’s meaty and floral, but it’s also laced with black cherry and fennel. It has velocity and tension. It is simply a beautiful, modern red wine in the best says of the word(s).'
94 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
'When I think of my favourite Australian wine producers, the wines of Clonakilla are always in the mix. Beautifully composed and always delicious; they never disappoint. The 2017 Clonakilla O’Riada Shiraz certainly ticks all those boxes with its effortless appeal and an inherent drinkability that demands attention.
Perfectly weighted with pitch-perfect tension between the fruit and structural elements it is a wine of great clarity and detail. High-toned and laden with exotic spice, pure berry and cherry fruits, it’s pretty much the ideal mid-weight, cool-climate Shiraz.
It’s sapid, succulent and smooth with plenty going on in the glass. Elegant yet sprightly and energetic with just a gentle tug of tannin and an expansive flourish of fruit and spice on the finish. I could drink a lot of this.'
Dave Brookes - The Adelaide Review
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