Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.7%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The 2008 Covenant is bright red in color with youthful crimson hues. The nose exudes notes of
licorice, coffee grinds and savory, black olives married with spicy French oak char. Dark,
spicy aromas carry over impressively to the palate. Its seamless mouthfeel and textural
qualities combine seductively with the oak to provide a lingering, fine grained finish.
"Strong colour; the bouquet is flush with black fruits, spice, licorice and oak, the full-bodied palate picking up the theme and amplifying its volume; the wine has good tannins, and demands time to slim down.
Australian Wine Companion
"This plush, fruit-driven style of Shiraz displays aromas that resemble a cross between Nilla Wafers and graham crackers spread with berry preserves. The flavors follow along similar lines, underscored by hints of chocolate and coffee on the lingering finish. Editors' Choice."
"Glass-staining purple. Violet, blueberry and licorice on the aromatic nose. Lush and sweet on the palate, with oak-spiced flavors of black and blue fruits, candied flowers and mocha. The finish is smooth and broad, with supple tannins and very good, sappy persistence. Nicely balanced for a big wine."
International Wine Cellar
"Plush, generous and well-focused, with fresh-tasting cherry and pomegranate flavors that meld nicely with mineral and white pepper notes, lingering against refined tannins. Drink now through 2018. 1,500 cases imported."
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Founded in 1997 by Kevin Mitchell, Kilikanoon is a boutique Clare Valley winery with an international reputation for producing regionally expressive, terroir-driven wines. The
Kilikanoon property, featuring a circa 1860s stone cottage housing Kilikanoon tasting room, was originally settled by early English migrants who named it after an historic old mansion in
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Known for its Rieslings, all in screw cap since the year 2000, the wines of Clare Valley are distinctive. The Riesling here is dry, dry, dry. Delicate yet firm, these wines won't remind you of Germany or Alsace - they have a flavor all their own. The lime flavors and zesty acidity make the wine perfect for summer sipping or pacific rim food (aka, seafood). Notable Facts Since...
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(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...
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