"Blackberry, pepper and spice, orange peel and hazelnuts. Medium-bodied, distinctly nutty and slightly meaty, peanuts and new leather, fine grained husky tannin, slight warmth, running to red and black fruit on a long and meaty finish. Characterful. Lovely wine." - Gary Walsh, Wine Front
"A beautifully fresh and sapid style that has plenty of fresh-ground spice and cracked pepper, across violets, blackcurrants, blackberries and dark plums. The palate adds a little espresso to this array of dark berries and spice. The tannins are smoothly layered and carry a smooth, fleshy finish. Drink or hold." - Nick Stock, James Suckling
"Sean O’Riada is one of the heroes of modern Ireland. A talented musician and composer, he is credited with taking traditional Irish music out of the kitchens and pubs of Ireland and putting it on the concert stages of the world. He died, prematurely, in 1971, the year Clonakilla was established by John Kirk. He was John’s cousin.
The O’Riada is a quintessential Canberra Shiraz, brilliantly opulent in 2019, charged with spice, floral notes and ripe dark berry fruit." - Clonakilla