Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, Australia
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.
Wine Spectator - "This firm red shows fascinating cola and coffee overtones to its cherry and raspberry flavors, picking up a mineral note as the finish rolls on and on. Offers depth and transparency. Best from 2012 through 2020."
Wine Enthusiast - "The 2006 Covenant Shiraz, drawn from Kilikanoon's base in the Clare Valley, adds some savory, herbal notes vaguely reminiscent of rhubarb to a lush, creamy base built on blueberry-blackberry fruit and hints of licorice and espresso. Concentrated and long on the finish, gradually turning from creamy to slightly dusty in texture. Drink now-2020."
Australian Wine Companion - "Bright colour; the oak sits apart from the fruit at this point, but there is polished blueberry and spice on the bouquet; ample levels of sweet fruit, the finish is dry and very firm."
International Wine Cellar - "Inky ruby. Highly expressive aromas of blackberry, Indian spices, dried flowers and exotic apricot pit. Sweet, fresh and broad on the palate, offering vivid red and dark berry flavors, supple texture and mounting minerality. The apricot note repeats on the long, juicy, pure finish. This is delicious right now."
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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 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. View all Kilikanoon Wines
About Clare ValleyView a map of Clare Valley wineries
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 FactsSince this is still Australia, let's not leave out Shiraz... Clare Valley does produce red wines and they are well made and tasty. Even though the region is fairly hot, the acidity in the reds is higher than its southern neighbors. Good structure is common in both the reds and whites of the area, which makes them great for food.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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