Kilikanoon Tasting

15 Jan

Recently, I had the opportunity to taste a fine selection of wines from Clare Valley producer Kilikanoon with Director/Winemaker Kevin Mitchell. Here are a few notes:

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Blacket’s Vineyard Riesling 2004

Eden Valley, Australia

$29.99 Everything Wine, BC Liquor Stores

I’ve never been a big advocate of Aussie Riesling. Most are too fat or too alcoholic and lack the finesse of the best from other regions of the world. With nearly four years in the bottle, I expected this Kilikanoon offering to be fat, unbalanced and lacking in fruit. Boy, was I wrong! The intense nose leaps out of the glass with lots of lime, flinty-stone, honey and petrol aromas. The palate is bright and crisp, with limeade, orange marmalade and a touch of mature-Riesling kerosene. A very nice, well-balanced Aussie Riesling that drinks younger than it’s age. 89 points – Very Good

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Prodigal Grenache 2004

Clare Valley, Australia

$35.99 Everything Wine, BC Liquor Stores

The ’04 Prodigal is a rich, mature Grenache with a lovely brick-red hue in the glass. Aromas of red berries, both fresh and dried, dominate the nose, but notes of earth, licorice and strawberry hard candy all add to the complexity. The mouthfeel is rich and soft with sweet cherry, perfume and peppery spice. A long, warm finish reveals mild tannins and moderate acidity. Bigger and richer than I expected, and the 15% alcohol is well integrated. 91 points – Excellent

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Medley GSM 2004

Clare Valley, Australia

$35.99 Everything Wine, BC Liquor Stores

The proprietary blend of Grenache (50%), Syrah (40%) and Mourvedre (10%) displays an intense nose of black fruits, fruit leather, and smoky meat. The palate is rich and full with blackberry, herbs, chocolate and spice. Great balance of fruit, acid, soft tannins and integrated 15% alcohol. 90 points – Excellent

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Killerman’s Run Shiraz 2005

Clare Valley, Australia

$24.99 Everything Wine, BC Liquor Stores

The largest-production of the Kilikanoon portfolio has a super-intense nose with tons of cassis and licorice spice. The voluptuous palate has concentrated black fruits and silky tannins. Classic Aussie fruit bomb with finesse. 89 points – Good Value


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