Kilikanoon is a boutique winery with a big reputation . . . a very well deserved reputation we might add.Owner and winemaker Kevin Mitchell is internationally recognized as one of Australia’s most talented winemakers.In fact, Kilikanoon Winery won 5 out of 5 gold medals at the 2009 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.In addition, a Kilikanoon wine was named South Australia's Wine of the Year for 2008 by Decanter Magazine, Great Britain’s most prestigious wine publication.
Located in the Clare Valley just north of Adelaide and the Barossa, Kevin Mitchell specializes in the Clare’s two finest varietals: Shiraz and Riesling.All of Kilikanoon’s red wines hail from exclusive vineyard sites in the Clare Valley, Barossa, and McLaren Vale and are bottled unfiltered to retain character and flavor.Kevin Mitchell’s impressive Shiraz offerings exhibit the finest attributes of the Barossa, ripe, rich fruit and profound flavor, along with everything that has made Clare Valley wines so highly prized: balance, elegance, purity, and a highly charged aromatic profile.And if the Kilikanoon Shiraz portfolio were not enough to dazzle critics and consumers alike, Kevin Mitchell has earned international acclaim for his Clare Valley Rieslings, wines that critics have called some of finest in the world.
The Clare Valley
The Clare is not a name that is widely known in America, but that is about to change. The Clare, which lies north of Adelaide, bears little resemblance to the more famous names in South Australian viticulture, like the Barossa, McLaren Vale, or several other more recognizable names, and for that we should be thankful. In the Clare, there is no glitz, no glamour, no smoke or mirrors, no tour buses and most of all no Disneyland-like atmosphere, and perhaps that may be precisely what keeps the crowds away. However, the Clare is home to many outstanding winemakers and is a veritable treasure trove of fine wines.
In almost all respects the Clare Valley and adjacent Gilbert Valley are the most Australian of the continent’s premier viticultural areas. The landscape is sweeping and riveting, higher and even more captivating than what one encounters in the nearby Barossa. Moreover, in the Clare there are sheep and cattle ranches, undulating expanses of wheat and rye, towering Gum trees (which Americans call Eucalyptus) to stand sentry along the narrow roads and half-dry stream beds, and stands of uncut bush remain to highlight the hilly, well-tended vineyards of the Clare and budding Gilbert.
In Australia, the Clare has become synonymous with the continent’s finest Riesling, producing racy, full-flavored wines with a distinctive citrusy, lime twist that rarely appear too austere or too sweet, even when young. With a few years in bottle, these magical Rieslings, which are all the rage in Australia and Great Britain, take on more overt tropical fruit flavors and lengthen considerably in the mid palate, without the kerosene or diesel fuel flavors often seen in older Rieslings from other areas of Australia and elsewhere. Most assuredly, Americans will one day “discover” the virtues of fine Riesling and the other magical wares of the Clare. However, what American consumers are beginning to realize is that the Clare produces outstanding red wines, too. Shiraz leads the charge among the region’s reds, but Cabernet Sauvignon has proven to be outstanding as well. Moreover, many of Australia’s finest Shiraz Cabernet blends hail from the Clare.