Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Clonakilla 2021 O'Riada Shiraz


This is almost certainly the best-value wine in the stellar Clonakilla line-up - and I reckon it would do sterling duty whether you are opting for a Christmas turkey, or ham. A belnd of estate and grower fruit, this is a concentrated but supple and alluring shiraz from a fine Canberra region vintage - and you can buy three bottles for the price of one bottle of Clonakilla's flagship shiraz viognier. The wine is dedicated to Sean O'Riada, a leading Irish musician and composer who died in 1971, the year Clonakilla was established by John Kirk. He was John’s cousin. I think he'd be very proud of this smooth and delicious cool-climate wine with its red fruit and spice notes. $40.

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