Only released from the best Clare Valley vintages. Plump and seductive.
Tasting Notes: Deep crimson with brick red hues. The Duke is perfumed and aromatic with a plushness and innate satisfaction to the nose, red currants, dark cherries and strawberry compote combine and are further enhanced with subtle oak and spicy herb nuances, contributing to the wine’s overall appeal. Instantly recognised as Grenache – from its long, mineral driven structure and chalky tannins, to its bright cherry and blackcurrant fruits – the wine remains anchored to its unique terroir. Its sense of place carried from start, through to a persistent, flavoursome finish.
Very much a sentimental favourite of the wineyard, the Duke is carefully blended from two single Grenache vineyards in Watervale, aged 72 and 78 years respectively. Both vineyards dry farmed, hand pruned and hand harvested. Parcels selected for power and elegance were destemmed and crushed to small open fermenters where they were held on skins for an extended period to stabilise and integrate flavour, colour and tannin. Basket pressed to seasoned French oak Puncheons and Hogsheads for 15 months allowed for gentle development and the accumulation of complexity.
Cellaring potential - at least 10, 12 years.
Food Match : Wild mushroom risotto, warm Goats cheese salad - ripe soft cheeses.
Grape : 100% Grenache
Producer : Kevin Mitchell, Kilikanoon Wines
Country : Clare Valley, Southern Australia