Kilikanoon Shiraz Covenant 2005
Wine Advocate Review Rated 92 The 2005 Shiraz "Covenant" from the Clare Valley was aged for 22 months in French and American oak hogsheads, 30% new, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. It exhibits cooler climate hints of mint and menthol, as well as mineral, pencil lead, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Elegantly styled, with excellent depth and concentration, it will evolve for 3-4 years, and drink well through 2020. Wine Tasting Notes The best parcels of Clare Valley Shiraz were selected and blended to create the terroir-based Covenant Shiraz. Intensely varietal with lifted aromas of black olives, spicy plums and charry oak characters. These flavors carry through to the stylish and textured palate, producing a seamless finish.
Poured a taste from the bottle and decanted the rest. This is one of the most deep purple wines I've ever seen. Very inky. First sniff from my glass is all sweet blueberry fruit. Makes my mouth water. Some chocolate in there as well. First sip is a fruitbomb. Very smooth, a bit of acid bite to it, but the blueberries are prominent, with very mild tannins. Excited to see how this develops in the decanter over the next several hours. After 2 hours in the decanter, the wine still very fragrant and lush. Sweet fruit and chocolate, with soft tannins. A great wine! Outstanding - 92 points.
Enjoyed this for Easter on 5 April, 2012 with roasted lamb. Had been in my cellar for 3 years. The wine is very dark, purple, no brown edges, seems like no light can pass through. On the nose intense dark blue berries, slight fresh raspberry, some leather and light vanilla. Palate has same elements, very fruity with gentle and smooth tannins. A great and surprisingly smooth quality shiraz despite its intensity. Need to find more of this.
External Reviews for Kilikanoon Shiraz Covenant
Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz 2005: Dekantier-Empfehlung (1 Std. vorher belüften), Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (24 Monate), lagerfähig 15 - 20 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2005Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Clare ValleyWeingut: KilikanoonRebsorte: ShirazRestzucker: trockenRestsäure: Alkoholgehalt: 0.15 Rotwein
Dark and tangy, with firm tannins around a lively core of tomato-accented blackberry and pepper flavors, lingering on the finish. Best from 2009 through 2014.
The 2003 Shiraz Covenant (from 30- to 40-year-old Clare Valley vineyards) spent 24 months in 80% French and 20% American oak (approximately 30% new). Its sweet bouquet of licorice, blackberry liqueur, new saddle leather, spice box, and white pepper is followed by an inky/purple-colored Shiraz with huge body, superb concentration, admirable acidity, and a long, 60-second finish. Young and unevolved, it should hit its peak in 2ndash;3 years, and keep for two decades.
Like all of winemaker Kevin Mitchellrsquo;s Shirazes, this is full-bodied and lushly textured. The point of difference here is the fruit character, which leans toward black olives and espresso, with just enough stewed fruit to provide cushioning. Finishes long and velvety, hinting at vanilla. Drink nowndash;2012.
The spectacular 2004 Shiraz Covenant, essentially declassified fruit not used for the Shiraz Oracle, spent 22 months in 80% French and 20% American 300 liter hogsheads. In fact, Kilikanoon does not use any small barrels, preferring the larger 300 liter vessels. Perhaps that accounts for the glorious levels of fruit and subtle oak influence in even the more expensive cuvees that are aged in 100% new oak. The dense, plum/purple-hued, full-bodied Shiraz Covenant exhibits notes of tapenade, blackberries, asphalt, truffles, and roasted meats. With a gorgeous texture as well as good opulence, vibrancy, and definition, it can be consumed over the next 7ndash;10 years.
Deep violet. Explosive, pungent blackberry and dried rose on the nose, with excellent focus and precision. Deep, concentrated, chewy and rich in cherry and dark fruit flavors, with bright, firming acidity giving shape to the wine and extending the finish. Energetic and fresh for a wine with such power and depth.
Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 2005 - Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz - Australien - Region: South Australia - Apellation: Barossa Valley - Syrah - 750 ml.
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