It has been a remarkable journey for Clonakilla. When John Kirk planted the first vines in 1971 he had no idea that his vineyard would one day be celebrated as one of the best in the country. Along the way there have been trials and tribulations as well as moments of unprecendented success. Over time something important has become clear: Murrumbateman and Shiraz are one of those rare combinations in the world of wine that can produce something truly exciting.
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 wild ride in the vineyard with a hail storm reducing an already small drought-affected crop. From this point through to the harvest the weather was perfect. So is the colour, deep but crystal clear, blind tasting a tiara of spices and cracked pepper, the fruit supple and precisely balanced by oak and tannins. Drink to: 2040; Price: $40.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
A very bright, direct and concentrated vintage for O’Riada, this has very attractive depth and such complex and spiced, sweet red fruit. Super fine tannins. The best O-Riada ever. Rating: 95 Points; Nick Stock
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