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Sunday, August 1, 2010

June 22, 2010: Lunch with Kilikanoon Wines, Australia

The Time and Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 12PM to 2PM
The Event: lunch with Nathan Waks, proprietor and managing director of
Kilikanoon Wines, which has 400 hectares of terroirs in Barossa, Eden,
McLaren, Clare (their original property), and others.
The Venue: Far Niente
The Target Audience: wine writers
The Availability/Catalogue: the wines we tasted were mostly available
through Vintages.
The Quote/Background: Kilikanoon produces a half million bottles of
wines, from entry level (Killerman's Run) through a Regional Series, a
single varietal series and a Reserve line. Nathan Waks spoke to all of
the wines, and answered an amazing number of queries on a wide variety
of topics, including marketing and other wineries.
The Wines:
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz 2007 Clare Valley, $45, +674747 for the2004
-Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz 2007 Clare Valley, $75, +926816 for the 2005
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Kilikanoon Barrel Fermented Semillon 2009, $24.95 – private order
-Kilikanoon Parable Shiraz 2007 McLaren Vale, $39.95, +59824 for 2006
-Kilikanoon Testament Shiraz 2007 Barossa Valley, $39.95, +50047 for
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Killerman's Run Shiraz South Australia 2007, $19.95,+925453 VEssential
The Food: we had a lot of different foods, thankfully in small samples
to taste with all the shiraz wines. The salsify soup went well with the
Semillon, and a trio of pork belly, beef satay, and boar ravioli went
up against three shirazes (and we cross-compared). The Oracle Shiraz
appeared with the main, an enormous quantity of roasted rack of lamb.
The Killerman showed fine against the mimolette and fleur de maquis
The Downside: we were late in starting, mainly because some writers
were not punctual.
The Upside: a chance to compare different terroirs for the Aussie
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 89.

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