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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.
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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
Australian Wine Companion
"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."
International Wine Cellar
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...Read More About Kilikanoon
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 Facts Since...Read More About Clare Valley
(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...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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