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2017 Ballinderry

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.

It should not be possible to craft a Bordeaux blend as

refined and glorious

as this alongside the cooler climate varieties that flourish at Clonakilla, but the

sheer class of this cuvée is testament to the wizardry of the Kirks and their epic site.

It is consummately floral, perfectly ripe, super finely structured, magnificently persistent and packed with potential.

Tyson Stelzer

14% Alc/Vol