O’Riada Shiraz

2016 O’Riada Shiraz released

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2016 O’Riada Shiraz.

The O’Riada is made from fruit picked from our estate vineyard and other excellent sites in Murrumbateman and Hall. It’s a quintessential Canberra Shiraz. Ripe red berries and plenty of spice.

“The definition here is impressive, smooth and ebulliently ripe red berry and plum fruits with pastry-like nuances and gently spicy waves. Rich. Effortless appeal and flows smoothly along on ripe, detailed tannins. Great balance. Drink now to 2028” – Nick Stock

We’re thrilled that for the second year in a row the Shiraz Viognier made James Halliday’s 2017 Top 100 list.

“The perfumed, spicy bouquet with red flowers and fruits doesn’t prepare you for the intensity and piercing length of its beautifully balanced, medium-bodied palate. This is a truly glorious wine that draws you back again and again to explore the wealth of red fruit flavours and the majesty of its texture and structure.”

Just in time for summer the 2017 Viognier Nouveau is now out.

“…It’s elegant, slippery, touched by spice, just-ripe, refreshing. Light, almost stony…” – Campbell Mattinson

What a year!

2015 has been quite a year at Clonakilla.

We were pretty excited when our 2015 Riesling won four trophies at the Canberra Regional Wine Show, including White Wine of the Show and Wine of the Show. Even more exciting for us was the fact that the wine the Riesling pipped at the post to win White Wine of the Show was the 2015 Viognier Nouveau which had already won the trophy for Best Dry White – Other Varieties and/or Blends.

2015 was generous in yield as well as fantastic quality, so it was just as well we got our winery extensions finished in time for vintage (only just!)

We will be releasing a swag of 2015s through the course of next year. You will have to come and taste them at our new cellar door when it opens. We’re shooting for March at this stage. Fingers crossed… For now however, check out the Clonakilla wall (photo below) that will be the first thing you see as you drive up to the winery.

In international news, Clonakilla seems to be making quite an impact in the UK. Decanter magazine included a five page spread on Clonakilla in their August edition, written by the brilliant Huon Hooke. Jancis Robinson was so kind as to nominate the Hilltops Shiraz as her wine of the week back in early October. She loved the SV as well of course. Read all about it.

Then in the Christmas edition of Decanter we made it on to the front cover as one of the ‘50 Star Buys of 2015’. For the record, the Shiraz Viognier came in at number 2.

A new release for you just in time for Christmas. The 2014 O’Riada Shiraz.
We like to think of the O’Riada as classic Canberra District Shiraz. It is a perfect wine to introduce people to this exciting new style Aus Shiraz.

The critics have given it a big thumbs up:

“This has class stamped all over it…a sparkling river of dark fruits that run from the tip of the tongue through to the elegant, but oh so complex, finish and aftertaste. Exhilarating.” – James Halliday

“Canberra region magic. Black pepper, dark fruit, lavender, exotic spice… with superfine texture and superb tannin balance.” – Ralph Kyte-Powell

“The bouquet is complex and spicy… supple and savoury, gentle in mouth-feel and finely balanced, with a long and satisfying aftertaste.” – Huon Hooke

Please note that we will cease shipping on Thursday the 17th of December and will resume on the 4th of January. Also, the cellar door will be closed December 24-27, 31 & January 1.

With kind regards to you and your family in this Christmas season,

Tim Kirk

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2013 O’Riada Shiraz now available

We are excited to announce the release of another in the line of outstanding 2013 reds – the O’Riada Shiraz. “…it is a first class Shiraz, its focus on black fruits on the bouquet, a hint of cherry and plum joining in on the long palate… ” 96 points – James Halliday
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The 2013 Shiraz Viognier continues to accumulate glowing reviews. Huon Hooke in the Sydney Morning Herald proclaims the 2013 SV “A candidate for NSW’s most illustrious wine…it’s a masterpiece of finesse…Nowhere else in this country does shiraz achieve such complexity and allure so young.”

Ralph Kyte Powell’s Wine of the Week in the SMH Good Food and The Age Epicure: “A modern Australian classic, Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier has never been better. The 2013 is a delight in the first flush of youth, and promises superb improvement over time…In the mouth gorgeously intense fruit meets perfectly poised tannins.”

Keep an eye out for the Rare and Small Batch release coming up on Tuesday April 28th – 2014 Chardonnay, 2014 Viognier, 2014 Pinot Noir, 2013 Ballinderry, and the exceptional 2013 Syrah. Add to that list the ultra rare 2013 Clonakilla “Vintage” (a fortified Shiraz).

Kind regards,

Tim Kirk

“Peppery and unafraid of its origins, this is simply gorgeous drinking”

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.

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Why Sean O’Riada is Irish music’s pop icon

We would like to share with you an excellent article detailing the life and work of Sean O’Riada. Sean 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.

So while you’re sipping on a glass of our elegant cool climate O’Riada Shiraz have a read of the story of one of Ireland’s musical giants.

The following appeared in the Irish Times Oct 1, 2011

The composer’s groundbreaking arrangements of traditional music had a formative influence on an entire generation, writes SIOBHÁN LONG

FISHERMAN, PHILOSOPHER and polyglot; broadcaster, composer and arranger: Seán Ó Riada occupies a place somewhere between that of a tortured genius and what you could term an iconoclassicist. This year, the 40th anniversary of his death and the 80th anniversary of his birth, offers a timely opportunity to delve beneath the surface of this maestro whose legacy is still debated in both traditional and classical music circles.

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