24 January 2019

SuperNormal: Clonakilla O'Riada Shiraz 2014

I have contemplated the question of value and wine for quite some time and it seems to me that wine has become an increasingly expensive affair, in the last few years. The prices of quite a few wines have rocketed so high that they have become more of an asset, a luxury brand or a trophy, rather than a drink made of the complex development of grape juice that is meant to be savoured, appreciated, shared and, most of all, enjoyed. And despite the fact that these wines are ultimately beautiful it makes you wonder if wine is losing (in some cases) its essence and perhaps its soul. Nowadays, as soon as a wine becomes well known and sought after, it takes little more than a few vintages before its price spirals upwards. And, I'm not only referring to the top regions of Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Rhone.

This column arose from my perception of an empty space. The legendary wines are often praised by all, but can be afforded by very few. Nevertheless, there didn't seem to be much written about wines that are distinctive, interesting, and sensibly priced. Suggestions of wines with character, that are actually an amazing bargain for their quality. So, here I will be focusing on beautiful, top value, wines that should not be missed. Of course, I had to set a reasonable upper limit; exactly the point of this column. The limit for wines from Greece is up to 15 euros and for those from around the world, up to 35 euros. Welcome to the world of super+normal. 

Clonakilla O'Riada Shiraz 2014

Canberra coolish climate expression with 13.5% abv. Here if you are looking for a stereotypical big Aussie Shiraz this is entirely on the antipodes; light tannins, perfumed and very peppery on the finish. Acid is on the moderate side and overall the wine is effortless pure and ultra delicious. Sensual and rewarding and what a joy to drink. Quintessential elegance. 

Additional info: named after John Kirk’s cousin, musician Sean O’Riada, Co - fermented with a dash of Viognier just as the iconic Shiraz -Viognier.  Average ex tax 23 wine searcher 

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