Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz
Growing Region: Clare Valley, Australia
Owner / Head Winemaker: Kevin Mitchell

Kevin Mitchell and his dedicated team at Kilikanoon - though based in the heart of the Clare Valley, work with over 2000 hectares of prime vineyards from selected sites throughout South Australia. They have chosen unique terroir to craft wines which express the individuality of their respective sites. Developing a reputation as specialists in crafting old vine wines; with the oldest vines being 150 years of age - with a new world appreciation.

 

This 2010 ‘Covenant’ Shiraz is definitely more than the sum of its parts - and superbly represents the Clare Valley’s unique elevated terroir and the wines unique varietal signature. In the Clare Valley the 2010 vintage was a classic, and ideal for Shiraz, with the growing season characterised by very warm days and cool nights, allowing ripening to occur thoroughly and evenly throughout the canopy and harvesting occurred with the fruit at optimum flavour and tannin development.
All the fruit was handpicked and selected from six older vineyard sites, with each parcel fermented separately and allowed to age and develop in small French oak barrels for 22 months, before final blending and bottling in February 2012.
In the glass you have a deep red colour with a crimson hue. On the nose this rich, expressive Shiraz is showing an impressive bouquet of dark cherries, cloves and sweet black olives. On the palate those dark cherries come to the fore, along with a multitude of dried spices, all beautifully wrapped up in fine French oak notes and dry well integrated fruit and oak tannins. Crafted in a full texturally style, while possessing a balanced finesse, with a lingering persistence of ripe berry flavours and subtle pepper notes on the finish. Decant well for 45-60 minutes and serve at 15-17°C.

A Shiraz that will redefine your understand of this varietal.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Approachable and drinking well this season; though will repay patients and another 6-8 years

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with prime red meats, slow roasted lamb shanks and rich mushroom pasta dishes, enjoy.