A top-notch effort, The Duke (a single-vineyard bottling) offers lovely cherry fruit, full body allied to a wonderfully silky texture and tremendous length. What’s not to like? Drink it over the next 3–4 years.
Named in part for the year the vineyard was planted, this is a hugely ripe expression of Shiraz, a thick, chocolate fudge-like wine that nevertheless retains some freshness along with hints of black pepper. The texture is creamy and rich, while the finish is weighty and long. Drink now–2017.
Sourced from Kilikanoon’s home region of Clare, this is a lush, creamy-textured Shiraz of chocolaty richness, balanced by notes of black olive, plum and mocha. It’s intense but not overbearing, with lingering notes of dark fruit and spice on the finish. Drink now–2020.
Aromas are super, like vanilla bean and fresh cream. The palate strikes a great balance of cream and clean, crisp citrus and stone fruit. The finish is long and zesty, and tastes of lime. Excellent overall. With only 90 cases imported to the U.S., you’re more likely to find it on a restaurant list than on your retailer’s shelf.
This very impressive juice shows a rich, complex nose of blackberry, earth, saddle leather, cocoa, molasses and a lovely mint element. The rich, syrupy mouthfeel supports similar ripe flavors. The long finish is deeply fruited, with handsome fig, smoke and licorice notes. Solid stuff—can drink now, but it’s built to last and will be best 2004–2012 and beyond…
A perennial favorite, Wakefield’s St. Andrews bottling shows how good certain parts of Clare can be for Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2006 displays a masterful blend of cedar, chocolate, mocha, cassis, baking spices and leather, all wrapped in an elegant coat of dusty but supple tannins. Drink 2015–2025.
Penetrating aromas of apple blossom, peach and tarragon burst from the glass. The flavors are even more intense: Granny Smith apples, with softer, warmer, stone-fruit undercurrents. The finish boasts searingly tart flavors that last and last. Should age gloriously.
Excellent. Flavors and aromas are taut and lifted: Raspberry and black cherry, mainly, wrapped around a core of iron ore and charred meats. Tightly wound, powerful and delicious. 4,000 cases produced. Imported by Pacific Wine Partners.