2013 Clonakilla Ceoltoiri

imageA blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Shiraz and Cinsault. No idea how to pronounce the name.

Mostly upfront primary fruit flavour but beyond that is where interest lies. Red fruits, fresh yellow-fleshed plums, black pepper and cupboard spices, lavender, a hint of grilled meats and a defined note of aniseed-tinged herbs. Medium-bodied. Sweet/savoury interplay with crunchy yet perfectly ripe tannins. Medium-bodied and lively. There’s some crystalline acid but the shape comes via phenolics. For all the positives and descriptors it somehow strikes me as simple for the price. 92

Region: Canberra
Alcohol: 14.0%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $42
Tasted: May 2014


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6 Responses to 2013 Clonakilla Ceoltoiri

  1. knoxinus says:


  2. I love youse guys, thank you :)

  3. Aaron says:

    I was a point higher in this which is nothing in context. I did like it avoided some of the confectionary flavours you get in warmer climate Grenache blends and also
    the stoney minerality.

  4. Absolutely. In hindsight that’s a factor I should have made mention of within the note. And perhaps the last sentence reads a little too harshly. The idea of a GSM from the Canberra district intrigues me and this is a very good wine. Certainly good enough for me to keenly await the results of coming vintages

    • Matt Haddock says:

      If you’re intrigued about the Grenache component of the GSM in the Canberra District then keep an eye on the guys at Eden Road over the next few years. Pretty sure they’ve been planting a fair bit of Grenache into their estate vineyards in addition to the Shiraz that’s already predominantly there….

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