2018 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.

A great vintage, but not without challenges. A hail storm on January 9 gave us plenty to worry about, reducing what was already a small crop. Mercifully, the vines recovered well. A brilliant ripening season followed, marked by a run of gorgeous weather in the crucial late summer and early Autumn.

A blend of 39% Cabernet Franc, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot from estate vines planted between 1971 and 1987.

14 % Alc/Vol

39% cabernet franc, 32% cabernet sauvignon, 29% merlot. Ballinderry is Irish for ‘place of the oak’, a reference to a giant oak planted on the property when it was founded in ’71. It’s a charming segue to a blended red off the estate that

exudes both generosity and structure.

High florals of violets and tea rose across the bouquet, musk and mulberry, bay leaf and clove. The bay leaf motif carries on the palate which is dense in flavour. Grainy tannins help emphasise a taut, well structured presence.

One for the cellar.

Jeni Port - The Wine Companion