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2013 Killerby Shiraz

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Hailing from the Margaret River, it shows lots of black fruits and exotic anise spices on the nose, together with white pepper and savoury earthiness. The palate is medium-bodied and quite graceful, with a succulent dark plum centre, fine-grained tannins, poised acidity, and a long, juicy finish. Needs lamb cutlets!

Winemaker's Notes

With its origin in Southern France, Shiraz is often ignored in favour of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Margaret River. This exceptional grape variety produces wine with great intensity and complexity. The Killerby Shiraz is testament to Australian Shiraz.

Appearance: Deep dark crimson.

Nose: Ripe and fleshy black plums, spice and blackberry.

Palate: Luscious blackberry and plum entwined with subtle spice and integrated oak. Long layered tannins give length and complexity.

Food: Roasted leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary.

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.

Alcohol: 14.5

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2013 Killerby Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Spent 14 months in 100% new French oak, an expensive way to make a $32 wine. The oak manages to integrate with the fruit, finishing its fermentation in barrel a great help. The fruits are all black, blackberry to the fore, and the tannins are fine-grained and ripe.
94
Ray Jordan (2013 Vintage) says
Margaret River - sourced Shiraz displaying the typical regional savoury dusty edginess that gives it such character. Lovely soft and supple wine with spices and dried herbs. It's soft and supple with a loamy gravelly character in the middle palate. Excellent wine.
93
Wine Advocate (2011 Vintage) says
Deep garnet-purple colour, the nose of the 2011 Shiraz is a little reduced to begin with, rubbery notes giving way to a core of blackberry compote, tar and liquorice plus dried herb and tree bark hints. Medium to full-bodied with a good amount of mid-palate peppered black fruit flesh, it has a medium level of grainy tannins and crisp acid, finishing with decent length. Drink it now to 2017.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate August 2014
88
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light red-purple; an immediate change of gear, with a fragrant fruit-filled bouquet, then a medium- to full-bodied palate with voluminous red and black fruits, the finish reflecting the 18 months the wine spent in American oak, although not suffocating the fruit.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2013
92
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Musky, spicy and minty, this distinctively regional Margaret River shiraz marries deep, meaty, gamey and spicy shiraz steeped in blackberry, blueberry and dark plum flavour with plain chocolate oak and assertive musky, menthol-like and tomatoey undertones. It's quite wild and rustic, full to medium in weight, with a profound, palate-staining presence, finishing long and complete with savoury qualities. Too much edgy tomato stalk character, however.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
89
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A deliciously spicy and savoury Rhoney shiraz with a vibrant core of luscious redcurrant, blackberry, cassis and dark plum-like fruit backed by suggestions of smoked sausages and polished, creamy, fine-grained chocolate/vanilla oak. Scented with violets and black pepper, it's smooth and savoury, underpinned by a very fine, pliant spine of silky tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
94
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
This is a blockbuster of a shiraz brimming with voluptuous generous ripe plummy shiraz. There's a super saturated mix of savoury plum and toasty oak on a juicy earthy ripe palate., The oak and fruit harmonise perfectly and while the palate is quite warm it retains a neat control to a long finish. Rich palate coating stuff.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
91
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Attractive medium-bodied wine, with vanillin oak and black fruits seamlessly interwoven, each contributing to the overall flavour; from vines planted 1973.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Complete, long and harmoniously crafted, this spicy and slightly meaty shiraz has a sumptuous and penetrative presence of brambly black and blue berries supported by fine-grained smoky, vanilla and gamey American oak and underpinned by fine, drying tannins. It's floral and peppery, with plenty of elegance and style.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
93
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A sumptuous but neatly balanced combination of meaty shiraz fruit and chocolate-like, almost gamey oak. With a sweet oaky fragrance of small black and red berries, spices and vanilla oak plus a juicy ripe and slightly tarry palate of deep plum currant-like flavour, It's smoothly framed by velvet tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
91
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; savoury, slightly leafy/spicy notes around a core of balanced plum and cherry fruit core; fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
89
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Ripe aromas of plums, blackcurrants and blueberries with sweet, slightly varnishy vanilla/mocha oak precede a juicy palate of intensity and polish. Ripe, juicy fruit sweetness easily handles its assertive vanilla oak. Generous, up-front and flavoursome, it finishes savoury with length and persistence.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
89
Ray Jordan (2001 Vintage) says
This is stunning. Plonk your snoz into the glass and you get the first hint that this is seriously good. The first taste confirms it. Old low-yielding vines and 15 months in a mix of quality new and one year old American oak has produced a complex wine of suppleness and finesse. The lush sumptuous gorgeous palate oozes the very best if shiraz. A beauty.
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
92
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Bright and strong red-purple; the clean, lusciously rich bouquet has a mix of dark plum and blackberry which come through on the powerful palate with its rippling tannins and long finish. Impressive.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
90

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