Kilikanoon’s Oracle Shiraz has taken home the Trophy for the best Shiraz at this year’s International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).
Competing against hundreds of entries which were narrowed down to 22 ‘Gold Outstanding’ medal winners from countries around the globe; including France, Portugal, Australia, South Africa and China, the international Shiraz Trophy was awarded to the 2014 Oracle Shiraz.
The judging panel is comprised of over 400 global experts, with the judging process spanning seven months. ‘Gold Outstanding’ is awarded to wines demonstrating ‘quality of the highest order’. These wines undergo a rigorous two-stage judging process using the ‘double blind’ method to compete for national, regional and international trophies.
Masterfully composed from carefully selected estate-owned Clare Valley vineyards, Managing Director Warrick Duthy said “Lightning can strike in the same place three times. It is the third time this prestigious marque has been recognised as the best Shiraz in an international wine show, previously for the 2001 and 2005 vintages. Oracle also appeared in Langton’s Classification VII and has twice been selected by Emirates Airlines for First Class.”
“The nose captures the alluring aromas of dark chocolate, exotic spices and French oak char. This is a wine of tremendous concentration, complexity and understated elegance. The palate brims with riper plum fruits, dark chocolate and tar nicely paired with classy French oak and polished tannins that carry over in the mouth well after the wine has been consumed. A wine made for the ages,” Chief Winemaker Kevin Mitchell said.
“2014 was a cooler and more protracted vintage in the Clare Valley, allowing the Shiraz blocks along the west face of the Golden Hillsides in the Watervale sub-appellation of Clare to ripen more slowly, bringing all parcels to their very optimum levels of maturity,” Mitchell said.
The 2014 vintage Oracle also received a Platinum Medal and 97 points at London’s Decanter World Wine Awards earlier this year.
Kilikanoon’s 2016 vintages of Mort’s Reserve Riesling and Killerman’s Run GSM were also awarded Gold medals by the IWSC international judging panel. This result demonstrates the diversity of Clare Valley terroir as well as Kilikanoon’s uncompromised commitment to excellence.
Kilikanoon has been awarded ‘Australian Winery of the Year’ four times in the past eight years; by James Halliday in 2013 and Mundus Vini of Germany in 2010, 2017 and 2018.
Purchase the multi-award winning 2014 Oracle Shiraz here.
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Hot off the press, twenty-one Kilikanoon wines were rated 91 points and above, with the majority awarded 93+ points in James Suckling's 2018 Tasting Report.