The grapes for this wine are from 4 vineyards in the Leasingham sub region of the Clare Valley. The grapes are crushed using a gentle basket press. The wine is aged in French oak and American oak hogshead barrels for 24 months then carefully blended and bottled. This dense, plum/ purple hued, full-bodied Shiraz has a gorgeous texture as well as good opulence, vibrancy and definition.
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Killikanoon has established itself as one of the real superstars of the Clare Valley. Owner and head of winemaking, Kevin Mitchell has had winemaking experience in many international and domestic wineries ranging from Krondorf, d’Arenberg, Kingston Estate and Orlando to BRL Hardy, Kendal Jackson and Willamette Valley (USA). In 1998 he released the first 2 wines under the Kilikanoon name.
The Mitchell family has been growing grapes in the Clare Valley for more than 30 years and in 1997 Kevin purchased the facility known as Kilikanoon. The main grape varieties, Shiraz, Riesling and Cabernet were planted on Mort’s Block and Block Road vineyards in the Leasingham area of Clare Valley 25 years ago giving them some of the oldest vines in the region.