LCBO Sale Wine of The Week: September 23

Kilikanoon Killerman's Run Shiraz  (South Australia, Australia)

Sale $16.95, Regular $19.95
Discount (until Oct. 9): $3.00
LCBO #925453 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Juicy and jammy black berries, black cherry and vanilla-chocolate, with sweet oak spice and a whiff of salami and menthol. Concentrated, opulent, balanced.
Pairs with: Great on its own, nice with bold, richly textured foods: stews, ribs, beef curry, spicy sausage, chickpea stew, Halifax donair.
Good for: Pretending you spent a heck of a lot more cash.
Alcohol: 14.5%
Drink: Now thru 2020.

Why we're drinking this
This is a killer wine at a killer (sale) price at $16.95. It’s also one of the best under-$20 (regular price) Shiraz wines you’ll find anywhere. Kilikanoon is located in the Clare Valley of South Australia. It’s one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, about 100 km from Adelaide, with a reputation for good to excellent wines. Kilikanoon is a newbie, established in 1997. They make a wide range of wines, both in terms of grapes and price points. Killerman’s Run is the entry level. It’s pretty damn good.

Tasting note
Perfumed and pretty, with wafts of black berry, black cherry, black currant (you get the picture). Soft sweet spice of vanilla-chocolate, toasty oak and some black tar and olive. There’s a bit of classic Shiraz meatiness, but just a touch — and you might miss it. The alcohol is elevated at 14.5%, but you don’t really notice it. Especially if, as the label recommends, you chill the wine to 16 to 18C. They say this will help you to “enjoy all those ripe fruit flavours” but it’s really about taking the heat out of the equation. And that’s ok. Most red wines are better with a bit of chill. This is a wonderful wine, great for daily drinking as a house pick. It has complexity beyond its price. Show no fear, serve this with pride. Give it richly textured foods that will complement its silky, generous qualities. Or, just drink it.

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