2019 O'Riada Shiraz

Sean O’Riada 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.

A warm growing season followed a dryer than average winter. Yields were 20% down, but what we lost in volume we gained in intensity.

77mm of rain in January and 32mm in February were a timely blessing.

The O’Riada is a quintessential Canberra Shiraz, brilliantly opulent in 2019, charged with spice, floral notes and ripe dark berry fruit.

14.8% Alc/Vol

pH 3.57

TA 6.4 g/L

Residual Sugar 0.5 g/L

Sulfur Dioxide (free) 29 mg/L

Blackberry, pepper and spice, orange peel and hazelnuts.

Characterful. Lovely wine.

Medium-bodied, distinctly nutty and slightly meaty, peanuts and new leather, fine grained husky tannin, slight warmth, running to red and black fruit on a long and meaty finish. Characterful. Lovely wine. 

Gary Walsh - Winefront

A beautifully fresh and sapid style that has plenty of fresh-ground spice and cracked pepper, across violets, blackcurrants, blackberries and dark plums.

…beautifully fresh…array of dark berries and spice

The palate adds a little espresso to this array of dark berries and spice. The tannins are smoothly layered and carry a smooth, fleshy finish.

Nick Stock - James Suckling