October frost, November hail, a late-January heat wave and April rain. 2014 was a vintage of extremes. The O’Riada is made from fruit picked from the Clonakilla estate vineyard and other carefully selected sites in Murrumbateman and Hall. It’s a quintessential Canberra Shiraz. Look for elegant floral aromas, red berries and plenty of spice. Tim Kirk, winemaker.
This has class stamped all over it from the moment you first taste it, sweeping away any necessity to describe the colour or bouquet; it creates a sparkling river of dark fruits that run from the tip of the tongue through to the elegant, but oh-so-complex, finish and aftertaste. Exhilarating. Drink to 2045. 97 points, Wine Companion.
Clonakilla’s O’Riada Shiraz is where the smart money is being spent when buying Clonakilla reds. This is a structural release. It boasts both a rusty dryness and a romp of perfume, but the length of flavour-shot tannin does everything it can to impress its quality upon you. The effect is not far short of brilliant. Berries, florals and spices abound. This will be a long termer. Drink 2017-2035. 95+ points,Wine Front.
Canberra region magic. Black pepper, dark fruit, lavender, exotic spice and foresty complexity on the nose. Meaty rich and complex in the mouth, it’s not heavy, with superfine texture and superb tannin balance. Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age, Melbourne & Sydney Morning Herald.
Medium to deep red colour with a slight purple tinge. The bouquet is complex and spicy, with cool-grown aromas including a subtle vegetal note. It's medium-bodied and smoothly textured, supple and savoury, gentle in mouth-feel and finely balanced, with a long and satisfying aftertaste. 91 points, Real Review (9/2015).
Vines were first planted in the Canberra District in 1971 near Lake George by Dr Edgar Riek. The district is roughly divided into two areas, one in the Yass Valley around Murrumbateman and the other around Lake George and Bungendore. Canberra District has a cool continental climate with hot dry summers necessitating irrigation. A region of rolling hills, with elevations varying between 300 and 800 metres, means that spring frost is a real hazard, making site selection crucial. Small producers dominate the region, making handcrafted, high-quality wines particularly from Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
The story of Clonakilla is one of risk and ingenuity, of vision, generosity and faith. Founded in 1971, Clonakilla grew from a small, struggling boutique winery in the marginal wine region of Murrumbateman to become an icon of ultra-fine Australian wine. Under the skilled winemaking of Chief Winemaker Tim Kirk, Clonakilla’s remarkable flagship wine, the Langton’s Classified ‘Exceptional’ Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier has risen to become a definitive example of its genre. Clonakilla also produces a number of superb whites including Riesling, Chardonnay and Viognier alongside its range of superbly crafted cool climate reds.