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Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Kilikanoon 'Killerman's Run' Shiraz 2011

Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz
Growing Region: Clare Valley, Australia
Head Winemaker: Kevin Mitchell
Kilikanoon work with over 2,000 hectares of prime vineyards from selected sites throughout South Australia. They have chosen terroir to craft wines which express the individuality of their respective areas. Kevin and his team specialise in old vines with the oldest being nearly 150 years of age.
The vineyard from which the fruit for this wine was sourced gets is names from an old bushman Mr Killerman who lived alone in the bush land behind Kilikanoon wines Clare Valley cellar door. He lived off the land - trapping wild game, growing fruits and vegetables and as the story goes - making his own wines in a galvanised iron lean-to. As with previous vintages this 2011 Shiraz celebrates the spirit of one of the Clare Valley’s real characters.
The team work hard in the vineyards to ensure they achieve low yielding vines, producing quality grapes from premium vineyards selected across South Australian and then vinified by traditional winemaking methods and then matured in small French and American oak casks before careful blending and being bottling unfiltered.
In the glass you have a wine with a bright red colour and youthful hues. The nose clearly shows wild berry fruits, dark cherries and subtle hints of French oak notes round out the senses. The palate is elegant, yet texturally rewarding, bringing together the ripe dark fruit flavours with the fine French oak nuances and fine grained tannins, producing a complex and layered palate, giving the wine a full and persistent finish. Decant for 30-45 minutes and serve at 16-18°C.
Drinking perfectly well this season; and will age well for another 5-6 years.
Perfect wine match with roasted red meats, strong flavoured pasta dishes and seasoned pizzas, enjoy.
Old vine Shiraz, full of ripe fruit character.


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