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Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz 2004
Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz 2004
(search item no. 91588)
collectible wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $74.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The dense purple-colored 2004 Shiraz Oracle ratchets up the fruit and glycerin levels, yet remains pure, elegant, and well-balanced. It offers beautiful aromas of blueberries, blackberries, acacia flowers, and spicy oak. Full-bodied, powerful, cleanly textured, long, and heady, I would not be surprised to see it evolve for 15-20 years. --Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

Saturated violet. Explosive, wild aromas of blackberry liqueur, cassis, licorice root and espresso. Boasts impressive weight and power on the palate, the dark berry flavors wonderfully sweet but also focused and firmed by solid tannins. Awfully primary right now but possesses superb concentration of fruit and fine-grained, well-managed tannins. Finishes long, on a note of sweet licorice. --Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar

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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.