A 5 star (if you ask us) red vino from a 5 red star producer. Bit of a tongue twister, but nothin’ compared to the ecstasy your tongue will twist itself into once it samples this full-bodied South Aussie red. The producer, who shall remain nameless, is a Clare Valley icon and this ‘15 shiraz lives up to its famous name. Expect rich red cherries and plums with touches of dried herbs and a long, firm finish. That’ll do tongue, that’ll do.
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“This is gloriously fruited and totally seductive on the nose showing black/blueberry, raspberry coulis, cocoa and toasted hazelnut characters. The palate is concentrated and richly fruited, and offers layers of delicious flavours and velvety texture, wonderfully supported by supple tannins. Delectable and opulent, and superbly structured and very long on the finish.”
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Kevin Mitchell comes from a long line of vignerons, and in 2014 was even inducted the inaugural Clare Valley Hall of Fame as Winemaker of the Year. His dad Mort even tended Kilikanoon’s Golden Hillside vineyards - including the eponymous Mort’s Block - for over 40 years. Kilikanoon was named in the Top 5 Wineries of the World (by Germany’s prestigious Selection Magazine) and Australian Winery of the Year, as well as Halliday’s Winery of the Year in 2013. Reasonable reputation, then.
Riesling lovers need look no further. If there was ever a shrine to the rizza gods then it would be in the Clare. But go beyond the pristine, dry and steely whites that made the region world famous, and you’ll find some special reds worthy of attention. Shiraz and cabernet are among the frontrunners, with examples from Kilikanoon, Jim Barry, Leasingham, Tim Adams and Skillogalee regularly receiving top marks from Sir Halliday. There’s also some pretty smart grenache, cabernet franc and cabernet malbec coming out of the region too. So if you’re into plummy, well structured red wine styles, then you’ll find rich pickings here.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Chilli con carne lasagne
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 650g lean beef mince
- 1 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbs tomato paste
- 2 x 400g cans whole peeled tomatoes
- 400g can kidney beans, rinsed, drained
- 2 tbs chopped coriander, plus extra to serve
- 375g packet fresh lasagne sheets
- 150g cheddar, grated
- 200g sour cream
- Preheat oven to 200°C.
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the celery, onion, carrot and garlic, then cook, stirring, for 5-6 minutes until softened and lightly golden. Add mince and cook, breaking up any lumps with a wooden spoon for 5-6 minutes. Add spices and tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes until fragrant. Add tomatoes, beans and 1/2 cup (125ml) water and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes. Stir in coriander and season.
- Lay one-third of the lasagne sheets in a single layer over the base of a deep 20cm x 30cm baking dish, trimming to fit, then spoon over half the chilli. Repeat the layers, then finish with a layer of lasagne sheets. Combine the cheese and sour cream in a bowl and season, then spoon evenly over the top.
- Bake the lasagne for 20-25 minutes. Scatter with extra coriander leaves and serve.
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