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The Ballinderry is a small batch wine from the famous Clonakilla stable.
This Merlot-dominant blend is made from vines planted between 1971 and 1987, aged in fine French oak for 22 months and offers an elegant and perfectly balanced modern incarnation of the classic medium-weight ‘Claret’.
The 2015 vintage offered perfect ripening conditions in the Canberra District and the Clonakilla viticultural team took full advantage. The result for the Ballinderry is firmly structured yet fully flavoured wine, polished and beautifully poised.
This is a great option for those looking to cellar wines of this ilk in the medium-long term.
What It Tastes Like
“The oak seems fairly showy at first but it more or less settles. In any case this is a wine destined for the mid-to-long-haul and so, duly, oak isn’t going to be an issue. More important is the flush of fruit and herb, the fine web of tannin, the olive notes, the composure of the finish. It’s a modern, mid-weight Claret style of red, spectacularly unspectacular, if that makes sense; it’s a reassuring kind of wine. You can pop it in the cellar and know that it will perform well.” - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
93 points. “It’s a blend of merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon, with all three varieties making major contributions. It’s grown on vines planted between 1971 and 1987. It sees all French oak (Taransaud), 30% new.
The oak seems fairly showy at first but it more or less settles. In any case this is a wine destined for the mid-to-long-haul and so, duly, oak isn’t going to be an issue. More important is the flush of fruit and herb, the fine web of tannin, the olive notes, the composure of the finish. It’s a modern, mid-weight Claret style of red, spectacularly unspectacular, if that makes sense; it’s a reassuring kind of wine. You can pop it in the cellar and know that it will perform well.”
- Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Given the intensity and balance of the 2015 vintage, I think this Ballinderry sets a new benchmark for the style here. 38% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 27% Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit comes from vines planted between 1971 and 1987. 3 weeks on skins, 22 months in French oak barriques (Taransaud), 30% new. It has the structure to age with distinction over many years. 14.5% Alc/Vol
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2027
About the Producer
Clonakilla is one of the true icons of the Australian wine scene.
Since its inception, it has been one of (if not THE) leading lights of the Australian cool climate wine insurgence. They boast one of the most collectable wines in the country with their Shiraz Viognier and are considered the benchmark for all things Canberra.
Quite simply, one of the true gems in the Australian Wine Industry crown.
Canberra. A mountain of potential. A sleeping giant of Australian wine. The ability of this region to produce world class wines in only a relatively short history is almost second to none in the whole country. We have some absolute geniuses to thank for developing this region. People have taken notice. Canberra wine is some serious gear. With the ability to produce everything from perfumed and tightly wound Syrah, to razor sharp Riesling and a bunch of emerging varieties in the ground excelling, Canberra will be one of the ‘must watch’ wine producing regions in Australia for many years to come.
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