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Kilikanoon Shiraz Covenant 2005

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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.

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Based in Napa Valley, Jeff Morgan is a winemaker, author, journalist and wine educator. His articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Elle, Food & Wine, Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. He is also the author of Dean & DeLuca: The Food and Wine Cookbook, The Working Parents Cookbook (written with his wife, Jodie) Rosé, A Guide to the World’s Most Versatile Wine (all w... Read more
Based in Napa Valley, Jeff Morgan is a winemaker, author, journalist and wine educator. His articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Elle, Food & Wine, Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. He is also the author of Dean & DeLuca: The Food and Wine Cookbook, The Working Parents Cookbook (written with his wife, Jodie) Rosé, A Guide to the World’s Most Versatile Wine (all with Chronicle Books) and The PlumpJack Cookbook: Great meals for Good Living (Rodale Press), and Domaine Chandon Cookbook: recipes from étoile restaurant (Chronicle Books). In addition to his writing pursuits, Jeff also teaches at the Culinary Institute of America’s Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies in Napa Valley. His interest in food and wine first blossomed in Southern France, where he lived and worked for nearly a decade as a flutist, saxophonist and singer, eventually becoming bandleader at the Grand Casino in Monte Carlo in the mid-1980s. Ironically, the call of wine led Jeff back to America, where he grew grapes for several years and made Chardonnay, Cabernet and Merlot commercially on Long Island, New York. In 1995, Wine Spectator hired Morgan as its West Coast editor. He moved to San Francisco, wrote over 400 articles on wine and food for the magazine and became a member of its close-knit tasting panel. In the fall of 1999, the journalist headed to Napa Valley to take on the position of wine director for the nationally recognized gourmet food and wine purveyor, Dean & DeLuca. That’s when he met Leslie Rudd. Leslie Rudd is owner of Rudd Vineyards & Winery, located in the Oakville appellation of the Napa Valley. Along with the renowned Bordeaux style proprietary red wine produced with fruit from the estate, Rudd makes small quantities of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma. Brought up in Kansas, where his parents founded Standard Beverage Corporation in 1949, Leslie purchased the Oakville property in 1996. In addition to managing Standard Beverage and the winery that bears his name, he serves as Chairman of Dean & Deluca. Leslie was also the driving force behind the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America’s Napa Valley campus. Read less

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Snooth User: RPerro
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4.00 5
04/11/2009

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.


Snooth User: Ruski
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4.50 5
04/07/2012

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.

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External Reviews for Kilikanoon Shiraz Covenant

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
02/24/2010

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


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 2005 - Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz - Australien - Region: South Australia - Apellation: Barossa Valley - Syrah - 750 ml.


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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.

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