Announcing it’s presence for 2013, this Clare Valley outpost is proudly trumpeted as James Halliday’s Winery of the Year. With an impressive lineup of wines which umbrella the Clare, Barossa and McLaren Vale, the Kavel’s Flock Shiraz is one label you won’t find on their website, being exclusive to the Dan Murphy’s chain for a reasonable $17. Named after the Pastor who led this flock of German Lutherans into the Barossa Valley, this dark ruby coloured wine exudes slightly reductive aromas of crushed caramelised hazelnuts, bay leaf and raspberries. Silky texture, high acidity with sappy tannins which initially leave your mouth sucked off life, but the ripe fruit flavours kick back in and return the colour. Blackcurrent and raspberry flavours dominate into a somewhat persistent finish. The young tannins at this time will hold up well over the next few years. Drink 2015 – 2020. 88-89/100.
Considering that the other Barossan wines in the Kilikanoon portfolio are priced at $80 (Greens Vineyard Shiraz) and $120 (R Shiraz), this $17 pleaser is a no-brainer. Pick up a couple.