Wine of the Week: 2012 Clonakilla ‘O’Riada’ Shiraz

This wine is named for Seán Ó Riada, the man most responsible for the ’60s rediscovery, revival and popularisation of traditional Irish music. He was both the cousin of Clonakilla founder John Kirk and victim of an untimely death in ’71 – the same year the winery was founded.

This tribute is full of Clonakilla’s signature bright, lifted fragrance. You’d be forgiven for spending a little too long with your nose in the glass. When you finally put it to lips, the wine is silky and vibrant. Displaying dark cherry, subtle cedary oak, five spice, pepper and fine, pervasive tannins. Fruit was selected from four Murrumbateman vineyards (possibly the best place in the country for Syrah-style Shiraz), their quality is immediately evident. As Clonakilla puts it, it’s “a celebration of spice”.

Canberra, $42
Available all stores

Price is valid for two weeks unless sold out prior