Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz 2007
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.
In most years at Kilikanoon, our Oracle Shiraz has set the benchmark for quality and
style and has done so since our first wines were released back in1998. The 2007 Oracle
has delivered on its promise, with the creation of one of the finest and most distinctive
Clare Valley Shirazes of the vintage. Despite experiencing drought conditions during the
2006/2007 growing season, we have managed to create a wine with outstanding intensity
of flavor, palate weight and texture.
Rich and ripe notes of licorice, dark cherries, mocha and chocolate dominate the nose.
The expressive palate combines spiced bramble notes, licorice and French oak complexity.
Plum and berry fruits integrate with firm tannins leading to a smooth finish. The natural
acidity and subtle oak characters provide length, complexity and persistence.
"Slightly more color development, the '07 vintage characteristics slightly more obvious here, with overarching savory/earthy nuances alongside the core of black fruits and dark chocolate; tannin structure and weight will support the wine for many years."
Australian Wine Companion
"Sourced from Kilikanoon's home region of Clare, this is a lush, creamy-textured Shiraz of chocolately richness, balanced by notes of black olive, plum and mocha. It's intense but not overbearing, with lingering notes of dark fruit and spice on this finish. Drink now-2020."
"Inky ruby. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola, graphite, mint and cured tobacco. Suave, sweet red and dark berry and candied violet flavors stain the palate, with silky tannins providing shape. With air, the minty quality gains strength and carries through the sweet, sappy finish. This energetic wine suavely combines depth and vivacity. "
International Wine Cellar
"Dense, chewy and tightly packed, with smoky, peppery accents adding depth to the brooding blackberry and licorice flavors. The finish persists against a layer of tannins. Needs time to soften. Best after 2013. 1000 cases imported."
"The 2007 Oracle Shiraz spent 22 months in 50% new French oak hogsheads. The wine’s brooding bouquet offers up notes of eucalyptus, dried herbs, spice box, and blueberry. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, structured, and a bit compact. The safest strategy is to consume this Shiraz over the next 5-6 years while the fruit holds. "
The Wine Advocate
"Floral scents of currants and wild blueberry flavors give this a foresty feel, as does the fragrant eucalyptus spice. The tannins edge on coffee as the wine takes on air; they work the base notes while the fruit has more zest and lift. It’s a big wine that will stand up to braised lamb."
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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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