Ballinderry is Irish for ‘place of the oak’ and is named for the great oak tree planted in the top corner of the property when Clonakilla was established by John Kirk in 1971.
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 Ballinderry is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from vines planted between 1971 and 1987. The steady warmth and moderate humidity of 2017 suited these varieties down to the ground.