Dr John Kirk founded Clonakilla vineyard at Murrumbateman, 40 kilometres north of Canberra,...
in 1971 after his scientific curiosity led him to question why vines were not being grown in this area. His research showed that the soil and climate seemed suited to certain varieties. Clonakilla means 'meadow of the church' and is the name of Dr Kirk's grandfather's farm in County Clare, Ireland. In 1997 Tim Kirk, the fourth of John's six sons, took over responsibility for winemaking. Today, Clonakilla is recognised as one of the leading estates in Australia. Tim was named Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year in 2013.
The fruit comes from two adjacent, family-owned vineyards just outside the village of Murrumbateman in the cool Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. Murrumbateman's elevation is 600 metres above sea level. 'Canberra District' is the official geographical indicator for the winegrowing district around Canberra, Australia's capital city.
2014 was a vintage of extremes. Frost in October was followed by hail in November, leading to reduced yields. There was a heat wave in late January and a cool finish to the vintage with April rain.
Each vineyard block is kept separate through the winemaking and maturation process until final blend selections are made prior to bottling. Pre-fermentation maceration lasted three days, with 20% whole bunches. The wine spent an average of three weeks on the skins, followed by 12 months in French oak, of which 30% was new and the rest a combination of one, two and three year old barrels. The coopers included Francois Freres, Sirugue, Mercurey and Taransaud.
Thanks to the vintage conditions and hot mid-season, the 2014 is a wonderfully fragrant, dark-fruited wine, perfectly poised on the mid-point between elegance and power.
|Grape varieties||95% Syrah/Shiraz
|Region||Canberra, Australian Capital Territory|
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