Harvested solely from the Estate vineyard of Kilikanoon – an icon of elegant Australian Shiraz, this wine has quickly become a benchmark for cool climate shiraz. This wine has been crafted to show the fine balance of cool climate elegancy, bracing a soft yet complex structure with the intensity of rich fruits. With the vineyards ringing the winery, the fruit was picked at the perfect time with the fruit showing ripe flavours and retaining its natural acidity. The fruit was crushed to small batch open top tanks where it was slowly fermented to retain the fine flavours and aromas. Pressed in traditional basket presses, the light pressings were separated, leaving the firmer tannins behind. This wine was then matured in a combination of new and seasoned French barrels.
Deep red with the colour going all the way to the hue, rich varietal aromas of savoury earth tones are underpinned by blueberry notes. The varietal expression is continued on the luscious and generous palate with flavours of ripe red cherries and linger light spices of clove and cinnamon. The flavours that drive this wine linger long on the finish. This finely balanced wine is a classic example of the elegance of cool climate Clare Shiraz. While delectable and enveloping young, this wine will soften and show its true nature over the next 8 years.
KILIKANOON AWARDS 2023 (updated on 28 Nov. 2023)