Kilikanoon M Reserve Shiraz 2003

Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia

Item No. 129673
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • screw cap wine
  • RP95
  • JH92
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: 15.0%

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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2008
  • W&S93

Winemaker's Notes

The 2003 'M' Reserve is our finest Shiraz blend from McLaren Vale to date. Sourced from a single vineyard located in the foothills above the vale itself, the fifty year old vines produce tiny yields of dry grown fruit that are allowed to reach maximum flavor ripeness and maturity. It is intense, purple red in color with distinctive, youthful crimson hues. Powerful and lifted aromas of coffee and mocha chocolate, plums and berry fruits with toasty oak complexity. Again, flavors of plum fruit, chocolate and coffee dominate the palate. The firm tannins and generous mouthfeel of the wine find their way through to an integrated, lingering flavor persistence. integrated, lingering flavour persistence.

Critical Acclaim

"A new offering from Kevin Mitchell is the 2003 Shiraz M Reserve, which is fashioned from a single vineyard in McLaren Vale. Aged 24 months in French and American oak hogsheads (40% new), this unfiltered blockbuster possesses fabulous stuffing along with sweet cassis and blackberry fruit, truffle, camphor, flower, and melted asphalt characteristics. With enormous flavor dimensions and a multi-layered texture, this is Australian Shiraz at its biggest, richest, and most intense. It should drink well for 15+ years."
95 Points

"Regional chocolate screams from the rooftops investing the wine with character and personality; not overblown, and carries the alcohol. Single vineyard."
92 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 McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines. Notable Facts In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...

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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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