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Professional Ratings: 94 The Wine Advocate
Region: Clare Valley, Australia
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Item no. 89060
"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 7-10 years."
The fruit for the "Covenant" Shiraz was handpicked from four dry-grown premium vineyards located in the Leasingham district of the Clare Valley. Traditional methods of vinification were used through the winemaking process, fermentation taking place in small open vats and gently processed through a basket press. The wine spent twenty-four months maturation in French and American oak hogsheads before careful blending and bottling.
Intense, inky / crimson red with distinct youthful, purple hues. Lifted sweet plum and berry fruits combine and integrate with the menthol, char and smoky oak characters. A great example of a full-bodied Clare Valley Shiraz, the palate being richly layered and textured. Chocolate and plum fruits create sweetness with classy French and American oak integrates and supports providing seamless length and flavor persistence. Cellaring potential of at least 12 – 15 years.