Wine and time: 2012 dinner series

For the Clonakilla 2012 dinner series we conducted a really enjoyable set of dinners investigating the age-worthiness of Clonakilla wines at some fine dining establishments around the country.

We started each dinner with a glass or two of the 2012 Viognier Nouveau. This has proven to be a very successful wine for us. Built on the (correct) assumption that sometimes you just want a drink, something that is neither heavy nor intense. Just a nice bright fresh glass of wine that hits the spot without asking too much of you.


With the first course we served a bracket of Rieslings. The vintages varied over the dinners but the most common combination was 2002, 2006 and 2012.
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Wine and salume – a Bryan Martin special

Let’s talk about Kevin. A year ago, Bryan Martin, our resident winemaker, purchased two Berkshire piglets, Kev and Julia, with a plan.

Grow them on the autumn crops of windfallen apples from John Kirk’s beloved golden delicious crop, acorns from the first tree that he planted that gave the property its first name, Ballinderry, the place of oaks, and of course grape marc from our beautiful Shiraz, Riesling and Viognier grapes.

Unbeknownst to them the first to reach the target weight of 80kg was up for a change to their destiny.

Kevin, poor greedy, belligerent Kevin, got there first and is now hanging in our bottled wine cellar, the bunker, with its perfect climate of 15-16C and humidity of 60%.

Four different cuts of salume now represent the pig previously known as Kev: prosciutto, pancetta, coppa and guanciale.

And here he waits, as we do with many plans as the drying process continues.

Text: Bryan Martin
Photo: David Reist