Monday, May 21, 2018

Kilikanoon Green's Vineyard Shiraz

Most winery start-ups are a labour of love. Passion is the driver, commercial success the hope. I always felt Kilikanoon was different. Commercial success with premium wines was always the number one objective. This has now been achieved with a sale to one of China's leading wine businesses, Changyu (incidentally, a Changyu wine bottle is the only Chinese wine bottle on my empty bottle shelves). Hopefully, this will not diminish the quality of the Kilikanoon operation in Clare and Barossa Valley.

I was not always impressed with their wines, but the 2013 Kilikanoon Green's Vineyard Shiraz from the Barossa Valley is excellent. It is a full-bodied wine, with a sweet core of plum and black cherry. However, the wine is not heavy and has good energy. This elegant wine, with silky tannins, presents a great balanced package. This is a great example of a typical Australian wine, unlike anything to be found in Europe, without the excesses sometimes found in South Australian Shiraz.

Score: 95/+++

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