Our National day is nearly upon us and this year we have decided to go with a wine that has an unshakable like to the Snake taming, pagan converting Welsh man who brought us all into the Fold of Christianity. Armagh has long been held as an important site in regard to St. Paddy. According to the Annals of the Four Masters, written in the 16th Century; in the year 457
Ard Mhacha [Armagh] was founded by Saint Patrick, it having been granted to him by Daire, son of Finnchadh, son of Eoghan, son of Niallan. Twelve men were appointed by him for building the town. He ordered them, in the first place, to erect an archbishop’s city there, and a church for monks, for nuns, and for the other orders in general, for he perceived that it would be the head and chief of the churches of Ireland in general.
The grapes tha that go into the Armagh wine come from an 8 acre Clare Valley vineyard is called “Armagh”, because the area in which it is situated was originally settled by the Irish in 1859 and named after Patrick’s chief Church. The Armagh is a single vineyard wine first made in 1985 from unirrigated, low-yielding vines planted in 1968 and yields less than 1.2 tonnes per acre. The Armagh is regarded as one of the finest shirazes from all of Australia and has a reputation for excellence renowned throughout the world. Made from 100% Shiraz and aged in 50% American and 50% French oak. The palate displays intensely concentrated dark cherry fruit, with velvety tannins, liquorice, spice and floral notes underpinned by a big structure. A huge, concentrated style that packs a punch