Kilkanoon’s winemaker 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.
And this classic Aussie shiraz cabernet blend is a careful selection from their own Golden Hillside vineyards, made to exhibit the classic nature of each vintage. It’s a vibrant, black-fruited, full-bodied, earthy number with a smidge of licorice and spice. The classy oak backs up the fruit with a toasty note, and the palate is powerful but seamless. Seamless, as in it’ll seem less important that the rest of the case cellars for a long time when it tastes so good right now.
“This is delectably expressed on the nose showing dark fruit, cake spice, cocoa and toasted nut aromas, followed by a concentrated palate that is wonderfully flavoursome and mouthfilling. The wine offers excellent fruit weight and intensity, brilliantly supported by silky texture and polished tannins. Lingering, tasty and gratifying.”
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- Clare Valley
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon
- Serving Temp.
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...
Peppered steak with creamy mushroom sauce
- 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
- 4 scotch fillet steaks, trimmed
- 50g butter, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 200g button mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 150g shiitake mushrooms, stalks removed, thinly sliced
- 4 sprigs thyme
- 2 tablespoons red wine or beef stock
- 1/3 cup thickened cream
- mashed potato and baby spinach, to serve
- Rub both sides of the steaks with cracked black pepper and season with salt. Heat 30g butter in a heavy-based frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook steaks for 2 to 3 minutes each side until cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate. Cover with foil.
- Add remaining 20g butter, garlic, mushrooms and thyme to pan. Cook, stirring often, until mushrooms are tender. Add wine. Cook until wine is almost evaporated. Add cream. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 1 minute or until sauce begins to thicken.
- Spoon mashed potato onto plates. Top with steak and spoon over mushroom sauce. Serve with spinach or salad.
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