Monday, November 30, 2009

Kilikanoon Shiraz

When a group grows as prolificly as Kilikanoon, you may be worried that quality gets left behind. However, I was very impressed with their current Clare Valley Shirazes.

The 2006 Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz is the 'premium standard' product. It tastes of black and red berries, with a hint of mint. While the fruit hits you upfront, the wine does not quite fill the mouth like a good Barossa Shiraz would. The wine has good tannin structure and will age for 5-10 years.

Score: 92/0

The 2006 Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz really impressed me. The best fruit parcels from the Clare find their way into this wine. This wine tastes of plum and berries. It is more concentrated and bigger than the Covenant. At the same time, the wine is elegant and has a long finish based on fine tannins.

Score: 96/++

If you are looking for benchmark Shiraz from this region (which appeals for long cellaring based on good structure), Kilikanoon is the one to go for (given that Wendouree is hard to get unless you are on the mailing list and the Armagh is overpriced).

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