Shiraz Viognier Hilltops New South Wales
Sean O'Riada is one of Ireland's great cultural icons, a gifted musician and composer, he's accredited with taking traditional Irish music out of the pubs and bringing it to the world. O'Riada Shiraz is made from fruit grown to four very special vineyards around Murrumbateman, fermented with the inclusion of a dollop Viognier. O'Riada owes its genesis to a disastrous vintage, when unfavourable weather drastically reduced the Clonakilla harvest. The best local vineyards had to be sourced from which to collate the quality of fruit most worthy of the Clonakilla label, O'Riada Shiraz was born.
It has been a remarkable journey for Clonakilla. When John Kirk first planted vines in 1971 he had no idea that his vineyard would be celebrated as one of the finest in Australia. Along the way there have been trials and tribulations as well as moments of unprecendented success. Over time it has become clear that the combination of the Murrumbateman region and Shiraz are one of those rare synergies which produce extraordinary wines.
Dark scarlet colour. The aroma is a festival of spice, milled pepper and clove, nutmeg and fresh garden herbs. Plum, black cherries and piquant spice characters cascade over a medium bodied palate, well supported by fine, supple tannins.