Kilikanoon Vineyards Clare Valley
Kilikanoon owns or controls over 500 ha of prime vineyards throughout South Australia but if you want to know what wines from the Clare can taste like try Kevin Mitchell’s now outstanding range. Although he lacked his own winemaking facility until 2004, the grapes had always come from 20 ha of estate vineyards. Shiraz in particular is a star – very old vine flagship Attunga 1865 (£F) is made only in exceptional years but, at less than half the price, Oracle and Covenant Shiraz command just as much respect, showing off the regional characteristics superbly and tremendously concentrated as well. The Oracle has a more floral, berryish accent in contrast to a more classic, smoke, mineraland earth-imbued intensity in the Covenant. An expressive Blocks Road Cabernet Sauvignon shows both its orgins and the style and balance typical of the wines here with added concentrated and depth in recent vintages. Mort’s Block Riesling has deep fruit intensity and is very well-structured in the most recent vintages needing at least 3-4 years to show at its best. Even better is the Reserve with exceptional concentration and length, not unlike a top Pfalz Grosses Gewächs in style. Another Riesling, Blacket’s Vineyard is sourced from Eden Valley. Second Fiddle is a well-balanced, fruity Grenache-based rosé. The latest releases are particularly impressive and still very good value. Medley is a very stylish blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre and Parable Shiraz – an intense eucalpyt, herb and berryish McLaren Vale expression. Also new are the Killerman’s Run wines which include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Grenache/Shiraz – the last (the only one tasted) shows superb fruit and good depth. Several other limited production Shiraz are produced by Kevin Mitchell beyond the Clare from very low yielding vines. These include Testament Shiraz, Barossa ‘R’, a Greens Reserve (from the Greens Vineyard) in the Barossa and ‘M’ Reserve from McLaren Vale. (SA)
To find out more about Kilikanoon and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide here..
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