I hope and pray that Clonakilla O’Riada Shiraz remains at this price level.
About the Wine
Clonakilla's Shiraz Viognier is one of Australia's most iconic modern day wines. But it's the O'Riada, as Campbell Mattinson once observed, "where the smart money is being spent when buying Clonakilla reds."
O'Riada is made from 100% Canberra fruit from the Clonakilla estate and carefully selected surrounding vineyards. The 2017 vintage is a stunner, with the warmer conditions producing, according to winemaker Tim Kirk, "some of the most intense dark berry fruit we have seen from the Canberra District."
If you want Clonakilla in your cellar but aren't regularly quaffing $95 per bottle, the O'Riada is what you need to be buying.
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 whether Shiraz, Riesling or otherwise, are considered the benchmark for all things Canberra. Quite simply, one of the true gems in the Australian Wine Industry crown.
Canberra is 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. With the ability to produce everything from perfumed and tightly wound Syrah, to razor sharp Riesling and a wide array of emerging varieties and techniques, Canberra will be one of the ‘must watch’ wine producing regions in Australia for many years to come.