2009 Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz
Clare Valley, South Australia
96 JH; 93+ WA
$58.49 as part of a mixed case.
Sorry, sold out. ETA pending.
"The 2009 Oracle is brick red in color with youthful crimson hues. The nose is a barrage of aromas of dark fruits, chocolate and licorice notes with oak char undertones. The palate is richly textured and flavored with notes consistent with the nose that blend divinely with fine-grained tannins and well balanced acidity."
"The 2009 vintage was one of the best for a number of years, a cooler year that delivered wines of outstanding color, fruit flavor intensity and aging potential. Kilikanoon's flagship Clare Valley wine, the Oracle Shiraz, is mostly sourced from the dry-grownMort's Block vineyard located in the Leasingham district of the valley. The Mort's Block vineyardwas planted over 40 years ago by Mort Mitchell, father of Chief Winemaker, Kevin Mitchell.Traditional methods of vinification were used through the winemaking process with fermentationtaking place in small open vats then gently processed through a basket press. The wine spent 24 months maturation in new and 1 year old French oak hogsheads before careful blending and bottling. 14.5% alc."
"96 pts ... Deep crimson-purple; estate-grown, and spent 24 months in French and American oak, oak which has left a significant impression; more likely than not time will bring balance, and the wine has an appealing texture, full-bodied though it may be."
"93+ pts ... Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Oracle Shiraz gives complex notes of creme de cassis, coffee, grilled duck skin and soy over mace, licorice and tree bark. Full bodied and packed with flavor, it offers a solid backbone of crisp acid and firm, rounded tannins in the mouth, going long and spicy in the finish. Though approachable now, it should drink best 2013 to 2020+."
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