Kilikanoon uses barrel from 340-year-old oak tree for new flagship


Kilikanoon’s (tastings) new flagship red, to be released in September, was matured in a special French barrel named Chene Morat.

The barrel was one of 56 made from a single 340-year-old oak tree, which was sold by the French Government at an auction for more than 37,700 Euros.

The sale to the cooperage Tonnellerie Sylvain sparked outage that France could sell such an important part of its patrimony. The tree was planted during Colbert’s time in the forest of Troncais.

The new wine is a 2010 shiraz named The Revelation, and priced above Kilikanoon’s present flagship, the $250 Attunga Shiraz (tastings). The barrel was bought by Kilikanoon part-owner Nathan Waks on a visit to France.

Waks says the new wine happens to be Clare Valley shiraz, but “in future, it could come from any vineyard or region and any grape variety.” Expect the price to be nudging Grange (tastings) or Hill of Grace (tastings) levels.

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