Kilikanoon Testament Shiraz 2007 Front Label
Kilikanoon Testament Shiraz 2007 Front Label

Kilikanoon Testament Shiraz 2007

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750ML / 15% ABV
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750ML / 15% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Brick red in color with youthful crimson tints. This wine has a lifted and powerful nose, combined with a rich tapestry of dark chocolate, sweet plum fruits and the seductive qualities of charry French oak maturation. Textural and complex in style, its dark fruits, chocolate and licorice notes interwoven with its fine French oak flavors, preceding a persistent and classy finish.

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WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Despite some slightly raisiny notes, this wine also displays some exotic floral aromas, then bold flavors of stone fruit and chocolate. It's full bodied without seeming heavy at all, ending long, with savory plum and mocha shadings. Drink now - 2016.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Smooth in texture, dripping with ripe, tarry, licorice-accented blackberry and plum flavors. Finishes on a meaty note.
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Kilikanoon, Australia
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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.

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers work diligently to ensure grapes reach the perfect levels of phenolic ripeness.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Shiraz on its own or Rhône Blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. Often Shiraz and Cabernet partner up for plump and powerful reds. While much less prevalent, light-skinned varieties such as Riesling, Viognier or Semillon produce vibrant Barossa Valley whites.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as the 1850s or before. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, intense, purple juice.

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Blends of Southern Rhône, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

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