Kilikanoon Killerman's Run Shiraz/Grenache 2008
Rhone Red Blends from South Australia, Australia
The 2008 Killerman's Run Shiraz Grenache is brick red in color with youthful crimson hues. The nose reveals silky notes of cherry fruits, older oak flavors and dark chocolate that meld together seamlessly. Shiraz and Grenache combine beautifully on the rich palate laying down a round and textural experience redolent of dark cherries, chocolate notes and well integrated quality oak finishing smooth and persistent.
60% Shiraz, 40% Grenache
International Wine Cellar - "Inky purple. Sexy aromas of blueberry and boysenberry, with a touch of cracked pepper adding vibrancy. Lush and creamy in texture, with lively, open-knit dark fruit flavors that are approachable right now. Finishes with good snap and sweet persistence."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Killerman’s Run Shiraz Grenache reveals a medium-deep garnet-purple color. The nose gives baked cherry and black raspberry notes over a core of kirsch, stewed tea and spice box. The full-bodied palate offers voluptuous, ripe fruit, medium-high acid, a medium level of velvety tannins and lingering berry preserve flavors. Drink this one now though 2014. "
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 South AustraliaView a map of South Australia wineries McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, South Australia produces some of the finest red wines of the country, and some say in the world. White wines gain their reputation from the distinctive Rieslings of Clare Valley.
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.