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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
The Lackey Shiraz 2005
The Lackey Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 91589)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Kilikanoon produces some of the world's finest value-priced, full-flavored, dry reds. The 2005 The Lacky (which is made exclusively for the American importer) emphasizes the ripe, classic, South Australian Shiraz grape aged in old oak and bottled with no fining or filtration. Deep, rich, full-bodied, and elegant, it reveals plenty of berry fruit, pepper, chocolate, and new saddle leather characteristics. Drink this spicy, earthy effort over the next 2-3 years. --Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
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About The Lackey:

'Lackey' is an affectionate Australian term referring to a hardworking laborer of agreeable character who is generally assigned to menial tasks, yet none-the-less gets the job done without the merest sign of a complaint. In a similar fashion, Australian Shiraz has long been considered the workhorse of the Australian wine industry – undeniably full of personality, and the ideal candidate to get the job done, regardless of the situation! This hard working 'lackey' of a wine punches well above its weight in personality and complexity.

Made by Kilikanoon winery. 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.