On a cool autumn morning our picking team remove ripe shiraz destined to be bottled as 2012 Shiraz Viognier. Follow the course of the fruit from vine to vat.
Tim engages in one of his favourite vineyard activities – tasting ripening shiraz in the warm autumn sun. “Beautiful spice exploding in these grapes”. Just what we’re looking for at this stage. Picking is not far off now.
Tim looks at the current condition of the vineyard and reckons “everything is perfectly tuned – we seriously good vintage on our hands.”
Our fearless production winemaker, Bryan Martin, keeps his nerve in the midst of heavy rain and lightning to report on the state of the vineyard and the progress of the 2011 reds. (watch for the flash on the barrels)
The 2010 O’Riada Shiraz has been receiving some positive attention from online wine reviewers. We share with you here a couple of the best. Our thanks to Jeremy Pringle and Julian Coldrey for allowing us to re-blog.
2010 Clonakilla O’Riada Shiraz
Posted on December 12, 2011 by Jeremy Pringle
I love the angular elegance Tim Kirk brings to Shiraz. The Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier has priced itself out of my range but this O’Riada makes that fact a whole lot more bearable. There’s 5% Viognier in the mix here and it’s masterfully integrated into the whole.