Kilikanoon Testament Shiraz 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa 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%.
Testament expresses the opulence and density expected of wines from the legendary Barossa
Valley region. A nose of great intensity, ripe mulberry and cherry notes lead, complexed by clove spices and spicy oak. The textured palate is likewise intense, offering roasted plums, quality dark chocolate and sweet molasses, all pulled together by ripe, gritty tannins and balanced acidity.
"The 2006 Testament Shiraz, sourced from Barossa Valley, is a glass-coating opaque purple. It is a back strapping wine with a brooding bouquet, thick, layered fruit, and exceptional concentration and length. Give it 5-7 years in the cellar and drink it from 2014 to 2028."
The Wine Advocate
"Quite a dark and savoury personality, with ironstone, tar and licorice on the bouquet; the palate is also dense and rich, showing off the depth of fruit synonymous with the region."
Australian Wine Companion
"Inky ruby. Powerful scents of blueberry, boysenberry, peach pit and potpourri are complemented by hints of cracked pepper and brown spices. Lush and sweet, with strong dark berry preserve flavors and a velvety texture. Deep, sappy and penetrating on the finish, with the spicy element echoing."
International Wine Cellar
"A warming, plush, velvety example of Barossa Shiraz, combining
cedary oak with superripe, almost chocolaty
fruit and brighter touches of red berries. It
seems a bit closed on the nose at this stage; give it
some time in the glass top open up. Best now–2015. Imported by Old Bridge Cellars."
"All baking spices when first opened, this layers clove and spruce over sweet flavors of baked blueberry and pie crust. That sweetness becomes more structured with air, as supple tannins take shape and lengthen the flavors. Intriguing depths make this a wine to age."
Wine & Spirits
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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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Learn About Barossa Valley
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine...
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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz
(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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