Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz 2005
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: 15.0%
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 Oracle Shiraz displays an inky, crimson red color with some youthful purple hues. The
2005 release is a powerful Shiraz with expressions of ripe berries, plum, spice, and densely
layered chocolate on the fragrant nose. The Oracle's textured palate offers rich, dark fruit
flavors combined with coffee and subtle oak char notes. Firm, silky tannins and natural acidity
provide this elegant wine with incredible length, complexity and persistence. The Oracle will
benefit from time in the cellar, garnering even more complexity over the next 15 years.
"A powerful, concentrated wine reflecting all the vineyard and winery inputs; focused and
rich, retaining supple mouthfeel and good balance. Low yield, French oak, no filtration."
Australian Wine Companion
"This is polished, focused and beautifully expressive, with seductive blackberry, cream, sweet leather and spice flavors waxing and persisting through the long, generous finish. Drink now through 2016. 500 cases imported. "
"Very deep garnet-black colour. Black cherry and blackberry compote with a dash of vanilla and some earthy, gamey aromas. With coaxing, an abundance of spices begin to show, cassia bud and star anise. Intensely fruity palate with the cedar edges still showing, though these should marry in another year or so. Full body, medium+ silken tannins and medium to high acidity. Very long finish. Drink now to 2017. Tasted February 2009."
The Wine Advocate
"Youthful, opaque ruby. Explosively perfumed nose offers an exotic bouquet of ripe, oak-spiced blackberry, cassis and candied plum, along with Indian spices and cola. Deep, fleshy dark fruit flavors boast liqueur-like concentration and sweetness, with soft tannins gaining strength with aeration. A huge, palate-staining and undeniably impressive shiraz that will please fans of the type immensely."
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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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