Saturday, March 31, 2012

2008 Kilikanoon Shiraz Grenache

I really wanted to like the 2008 Kilikanoon Killerman's Run Shiraz Grenache, South Australia but in the end I just couldn't get behind it. Shows a deep color with a cloudy countenance. Initially, the nose has a lot of potential with its deep raspberry and blueberry compote notes, but the longer it opens in the glass, the more the aromas turn stewed and borderline vegetal. The palate also gravitates from deep fruit notes to more overprocessed, cough syrup flavors. Jammy with low acid and moderate tannins, the wine just seems a bit disjointed and artificial. Thankfully, the oak is never intrusive. Unspectacular finish. Your $15 would be better spend on the Alpha Box & Dice Tarot Grenache, Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas or perhaps a nice bottle of Cotes du Rhone.


  1. Kilikanoon, if I remember correctly, I had their Shiraz and liked it, but with wines constantly in flux, from new owners, new winemakers, and just vintage to vintage and the effects of transportation, one never knows why a well respected winery would have such a "creature" as this in anyone's store? I'm not the one to ferret-out this mystery, but I'm sure I have another of their Shiraz somewhere, and now I'm motivated to yank it when I see it; I'll let you know.

    1. Seeing how Kilikanoon releases dozens of single vineyard and reserve wines each year, the cynic in me suspects this is just their "cash cow" red bled comprised of all the Grenache and Shiraz that isn't good enough for any other bottling.