Given the intensity and balance of the 2015 vintage, I think this Ballinderry sets a new benchmark for the style here. 38% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 27% Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit comes from vines planted between 1971 and 1987. 3 weeks on skins, 22 months in French oak barriques (Taransaud), 30% new. It has the structure to age with distinction over many years.
Tim Kirk sets the cat among the Margaret River pigeons here. There is an utterly symbiotic and synergistic union between the deliciously ripe and sweet red and black fruits of the long, medium-bodied palate.
Tim Kirk sets the cat among the Margaret River pigeons
High-quality French oak does the job expected of it, but doesn't seek the limelight any more than the tannins.
The oak seems fairly showy at first but it more or less settles. In any case this is a wine destined for the mid-to-long-haul and so, duly, oak isn’t going to be an issue. More important is the flush of fruit and herb, the fine web of tannin, the olive notes, the composure of the finish.
It’s a modern, mid-weight Claret style of red
spectacularly unspectacular, if that makes sense; it’s a reassuring kind of wine. You can pop it in the cellar and know that it will perform well.
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