I love the angular elegance Tim Kirk brings to Shiraz. The Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier has priced itself out of my range but this O’Riada makes that fact a whole lot more bearable. There’s 5% Viognier in the mix here and it’s masterfully integrated into the whole.
The clarity of colour is echoed in the definition of flavours and aromas. A svelte palate where black cherries and berries, violets, bacon hock and spice wrap around each other without losing their individual identity. It moves nimbly and with purpose through its line finishing with slightly stalky tannin and altogether agreeable cool climate herbaceousness. Peppery and unafraid of its origins, this is simply gorgeous drinking. My thanks go to Julian Coldrey of Full Pour for sharing it with me. Excellent
Tasted: December 2011