Kilikanoon Prodigal Grenache 2019

Kilikanoon Prodigal Grenache 2019

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Watervale, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Variety: Grenache

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Producer: Kilikanoon

Country: Australia

Region: Clare Valley

Vintage: 2019

Critic Score: 93

Alcohol: 14.5%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2030

In a word: delicious. Plush, luxurious fruit. Supple, pliable, pretty and balanced - Erin Larkin

Kilikanoon was founded in 1997 by winemaker and proprietor Kevin Mitchell. First made back in 1997, Grenache has always been a major player in the Kilikanoon portfolio and the Prodigal continues to set the standard for Clare Valley old vine Grenache. Kilikanoon accounts for over 35% of the region’s production of this variety.

"An abundance of silky fresh fruits, displaying strawberry, raspberry coulis, caramel, spice and peppercorns, bound within fine tannins, before a long finale."  Decanter World Wine Awards

"Brick red in colour with youthful crimson hues. Lifted aromas of dark cherries, pot pourri, subtle smoky oak notes and marzipan feature strongly on the nose. A fresh and lively palate, yet dark and brooding at the same time, the combination of ripe cherries, dark chocolate, kitchen spices and kirsch perfectly in sync with the fine chalky tannins and oak influences rounding out to a long flavoursome finish.

The fruit was sourced from two sixty-four-year-old vineyards in Watervale. Each fruit parcel was harvested and kept separate throughout the winemaking process until final assemblage. Small open-topped fermenters were used, the fruit remaining on skins until completely dry, before basket pressing to seasoned French hogheads and allowed to mature in the cellar for 15 months. The final blend was bottled unfined and unfiltered."  Kilikanoon

Expert reviews

"An abundance of silky fresh fruits, displaying strawberry, raspberry coulis, caramel, spice and peppercorns, bound within fine tannins, before a long finale."  Decanter World Wine Awards - 93 points

"In a word: delicious. The 2019 Prodigal Grenache is pure and febrile, with layers of roasting pan spices, mulberry and raspberry pip. The Clare Valley has such a propensity for earthy/savory/meaty undertones, which offsets the plush, luxurious fruit that they also achieve frequently, and with ease. This is supple, pliable, pretty and balanced in all aspects of flavor. Drink: 2022 - 2029."  Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate - 90 points

About the winery

Kilikanoon Kevin MitchellWinemaker and proprietor Kevin Mitchell 

Kilikanoon was founded in 1997 when winemaker and proprietor Kevin Mitchell purchased the property of the same name in the hamlet of Penwortham in the Clare Valley. Hailing from a long line of wine grape growers, Kevin now had the opportunity to turn the vision of creating his own wine brand into a reality.

Kevin's father, Mort Mitchell, has been a defining influence, planting and tending to Kilikanoon's Golden Hillside suite of vineyards including the famed Mort's Block, for over 40 years. Kevin's fascination with terroir is a result of years spent playing and eventually working in these vineyards alongside his father.

The first Kilikanoon branded wines from the 1997 vintage were four single vineyard wines, each from Kevin and Mort's vineyards. These were the 'Oracle' Shiraz, 'Prodigal' Grenache, 'Blocks Road' Cabernet and 'Mort's Block' Watervale Riesling.

Kilikanoon's expansion has been made possible by invaluable partnerships, together with the acquisition of, and access to, outstanding vineyards in the most esteemed grape growing regions in South Australia, including the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. From humble beginnings with just 25,000 bottles produced from the first vintage, Kilikanoon has grown significantly, now exporting to over 25 countries.

Kilikanoon has been recognised both in Australia and internationally, receiving high praise from some of the world's most respected wine critics. The 2002 Clare Valley Wine Show chaired by prominent Australian wine writer and judge, Huon Hooke, propelled Kilikanoon into the spotlight, winning 6 of the 7 trophies awarded. Going from strength to strength, the Oracle Shiraz twice won 'Best Shiraz' at International wine shows and Halliday's Wine Companion named Kilikanoon 'Winery of the Year' in 2013. In 2014, Kevin Mitchell was inducted into the inaugural Clare Valley Hall of Fame as Winemaker of the Year. 

Wine region map of South Australia

South Australia

South Australian is responsible for more than half the production of all Australian wine. It is home to more than 900 wineries across 18 wine regions. The regions are Adelaide Hills, Adelaide Plains, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Currency Creek, Eden Valley, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Mount Benson, Mount Gambier, Padthaway, Riverland, Robe, Southern Fleurieu, Southern Flinders Ranges and Wrattonbully.

Many of the well-known names in the South Australian wine industry established their first vineyards in the late 1830s and early 1840s. The first vines in McLaren Vale were planted at Reynella in 1839 and Penfold's established Magill Estate on the outskirts of Adelaide in 1844.

South Australia has a vast diversity in geography and climate which allows the State to be able to produce a range of grape varieties - from cool climate Riesling in the Clare and Eden Vallies to the big, full bodied Shiraz wines of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Two of Australia's best-known wines, Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace, are produced here. There is much to discover in South Australia for the wine lover.