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Date Printed: 10/22/2014
Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz 2006
Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 99725)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $45.99

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
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
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Along with the finest Rieslings, the Clare Valley has produced some of the most sought after Shiraz wines in the world. Hand picked Shiraz fruit was selected from six vineyards throughout the Leasingham Valley with each being fermented separately, basket pressed and aged for 22 months in a combination of new and older French and American small oak casks. Intensely varietal with lifted aromas of black olives, spicy plums and charry oak characters predominate. These flavours carry through to the stylish and textured palate producing a seamless and persistent finish.

To the eye the wine is an intense, inky/crimson red with distinct youthful, purple hues.

The aroma has lifted sweet plum and berry fruits combined and integratde with menthol, char and smoky oak characters.

On the palate its 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 flavour persistence.

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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.