Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Clare Valley    Australia   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 7/12/2014
Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz 2004
Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz 2004
(search item no. 89060)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/12/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The spectacular 2004 Shiraz Covenant, essentially declassified fruit not used for the Shiraz Oracle, spent 22 months in 80% French and 20% American 300 liter hogsheads. In fact, Kilikanoon does not use any small barrels, preferring the larger 300 liter vessels. Perhaps that accounts for the glorious levels of fruit and subtle oak influence in even the more expensive cuvees that are aged in 100% new oak. The dense, plum/purple-hued, full-bodied Shiraz Covenant exhibits notes of tapenade, blackberries, asphalt, truffles, and roasted meats. With a gorgeous texture as well as good opulence, vibrancy, and definition, it can be consumed over the next 7-10 years."
-Wine Advocate

The fruit for the "Covenant" Shiraz was handpicked from four dry-grown premium vineyards located in the Leasingham district of the Clare Valley. Traditional methods of vinification were used through the winemaking process, fermentation taking place in small open vats and gently processed through a basket press. The wine spent twenty-four months maturation in French and American oak hogsheads before careful blending and bottling.

Intense, inky / crimson red with distinct youthful, purple hues. Lifted sweet plum and berry fruits combine and integrate with the menthol, char and smoky oak characters. A great example of a full-bodied Clare Valley Shiraz, the palate being richly layered and textured. Chocolate and plum fruits create sweetness with classy French and American oak integrates and supports providing seamless length and flavor persistence. Cellaring potential of at least 12 – 15 years.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Kilikanoon:

About Kilikanoon:

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 Cornwall. On purchasing the property in the 1990s, Kevin Mitchell inherited 30 year old Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache and Riesling vineyards, many of which were planted by his father, Mort, in the 1960s. Fifteen years on, with the addition of partners Nathan Waks, a principal cellist with the Sydney Symphony, and Bruce Baudinet, Managing Director of Oracle Estates, Kilikanoon is rated by US and Australian critics as one of the Clare Valley's outstanding wineries, producing bracingly intense and long-lived Rieslings, along with powerful, yet balanced, Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon.