Shiraz Clare South Australia
Oracle has long been Kilikanoon's flagship effort, ever since the operation first opened doors in 1998. Oracle sets the regional benchmark for quality and style, a prime example of what Clare Valley Shiraz can achieve. Powerfully suggestive of it's Watervale provenance, showing ripe, spicy plum and coffeed fruit flavours, densely layered chocolate and oak char complementing and persisting on the palate. A regional flagship, crafted to the highest standards, attention to detail and inclusion of only the finest barrels retains the integrity of Oracle from year to year.
Kilikanoon own and operate the choicest vineyards. Oracle is a special bottling of Shiraz from fruit grown to prime low yielding blocks, some planted over forty years ago by Mort Mitchell, father of Kilikanoon's proprietor winemaker. These salubrious sites are at the heart of a group of Watervale vineyards which provide the core fruit for Kilikanoon's most prestigious labels. Fully ripened Shiraz grapes are carefully hand selected off a number of aged parcels on the estate's Golden Hillside property. Traditional methods are employed thoughout vinification, followed by an old fashioned basket press and twenty months in a selection of new and one year old French oak hogsheads.
Brick red colour, youthful crimson hues. Well defined and complex nose, a barrage of dark fruits, chocolate and liquorice notes, well supported by quality French oak char. A palate full of expression and textual splendour, dark cherries, rich chocolate notes and smokey French oak carry over from the nose and blend divinely over finely balanced tannins and gentle acidity, a Shiraz of extraordinary length, complexity and persistence.