Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz 2009

Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, Australia

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Item No. 124249
  • RP92
  • JH92
  • ST90
Style: Big & Bold

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.6%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Considered an excellent vintage in the Claire, the 2009 Covenant is intensely focused on the nose and expressive of dark fruits, licorice, wild olives and quality French oak spices. The palate has layers of complexity, fruit weight and flavor persistence, combining dark fruits, cooking spices and chocolate notes. This is all beautifully supported by the characters of quality French oak.

Critical Acclaim

"Deep garnet-purple, the 2009 Covenant Shiraz displays intense notes of blackberry and black cherry preserves with hints of blueberry pie filling, cinnamon and anise plus a whiff of pepper. Full bodied and richly fruited, it has very crisp acidity and a medium to firm level of grainy tannins, finishing long with lingering notes of anise and dried mulberries. Drinking now, it should cellar to 2020+."
92 Points

"Medium red-purple; the amount of French and American oak on the bouquet is alarming, but the medium-bodied palate has abundant juicy red and black fruits plus fine tannins to provide overall balance..."
92 Points

"Bright purple. Oak-accented aromas of blackberry and blueberry, with vanilla and cola qualities gaining strength in the glass. Lush and creamy in texture, offering impressively deep, sweet dark fruit flavors. Becomes smokier with aeration and finishes with serious power and cling. Definitely give this big boy some decanter time."
90 Points

Learn About Kilikanoon Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Clare Valley

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...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(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...

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