$22.00

2021 O'Riada Shiraz 375mL

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.

2021 in the Canberra District was marked by a cooler than average Summer and regular falls of rain. A more European vintage perhaps. The cool season and longer ripening period have given us lovely, detailed aromas and fine, supple tannins.

“Succulence to finish, a kiss of ripe fruit and the spice trails long away. Such a beautiful wine” – Mike Bennie

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.

O’Riada was always the one ‘we’ missed at the Canberra Regional Wine Show, in my tenure there. Savoury, firm tannin, charming rusticity, a distinct style. This one hits the mark too.

Such a beautiful wine. Wow stuff.

So savoury, but fresh too, and all that hazelnut and clove seems very fruit derived, with layers of spice, game meat and faint herbal inflection. Texture is bright, crisp almost but for the slinky, roughed up but silky tannins. Succulence to finish, a kiss of ripe fruit and the spice trails long away. Such a beautiful wine. Wow stuff.

Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

13.5% Alc/Vol

pH 3.58

TA 6.0 g/L

Residual Sugar 0.3 g/L

Sulfur Dioxide (free) 27 mg/L