Shiraz * 75cl * 14.5% ABV * Canberra, Australia
Dr John Kirk founded Clonakilla ('meadow of the church') in 1971 after scientific curiosity led him to question why vines were not being grown in this area. This has a real Rhone-like quality to it: there are plenty of signature ripe dark fruit flavours to enjoy here, including cherries, anise and blackberries. Good structure and a broad spiced/savoury character on the palate, with a spicy and rich finish. Will age well for up to a decade. Try with a slow cooked beef casserole.