Green's Barossa Valley Shiraz by Kilikanoon 2014

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Barossa Valley

“This is one of the most brilliantly run wineries in Australia, and the quality of the entire portfolio is impressive thanks to the enviable talents of winemaker Kevin Mitchell.”

That’s top critic Robert Parker on Kilikanoon. Parker’s not Kevin’s only fan. James Halliday, Australia’s most-respected wine critic, named Kilikanoon his 2014 Winery of the Year. Kevin’s 98 Parker-Point flagship Shiraz sells for around $250 a bottle, but because we go way back with him, he’s happy to share his berry-packed, barrel-aged Green’s Shiraz with you for much less.

For this new release, Kevin sourced fruit from low-yielding vines (some 40-years-old) in his premium estate vineyards. And what a year for Shiraz. Thanks to a near-perfect growing season, Barossa’s 2014 reds are “rich … with dense colors and a structure suggesting they will be very ageworthy,” according to Halliday. Just wait until you taste it …

Aromas of dark fruits, cocoa and smoky oak grace the nose. The flavors follow on, with ripe plum, rich dark berry and a touch of chocolate. A complex, lingering finish adds more spicy oak, thanks to 20 months in new French barrels. Serve alongside beef ribs or roast duck with potatoes and greens.

Kevin’s Shiraz will be delicious on arrival, but he reckons its flavors and aromas will develop for 16 to 20 years (if you can stand to wait). Place your order today.