Kilikanoon has been awarded Australian Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) awards banquet held at Guildhall in London.
This is the fifth time in eight years Kilikanoon has been internationally recognised as Australian Winery of the Year – previously by James Halliday in 2013 and Germany’s Mundus Vini in 2010, 2017 and 2018.
The announcement comes after Kilikanoon was shortlisted last month as one of the six top performing Australian producers at this year’s show, having received medals for all of the 14 wines submitted.
Managing director Warrick Duthy said, “It takes more than luck to consistently achieve recognition at an international level. Such awards indicates Kilikanoon’s uncompromising commitment to produce premium quality, consistent wines year after year.”
Results released earlier last month revealed Kilikanoon’s 2014 Oracle Shiraz was awarded the Shiraz Trophy for best Shiraz in the world, as well as Gold for the 2016 vintages of Mort’s Reserve Riesling and Killerman’s Run GSM.
This is the third time Kilikanoon’s Oracle has been awarded the best Shiraz in the world, previously for the 2001 vintage at the same show and the 2005 vintage at the International Wine Challenge.
Oracle is composed from carefully selected estate-owned Clare Valley vineyards, with the 2014 vintage sourced from the Golden Hillside vineyards in Leasingham.
“This award results from an amazing team effort, starting from the great work Troy van Dulken has done to achieve A grade Shiraz from our Golden Hillside vineyards, and finishing with Kevin Mitchell’s masterful composition,” Duthy said.
Oracle was the first Shiraz released by Kilikanoon founder and chief winemaker Kevin Mitchell in the inaugural 1997 vintage.
Founded in 1969, the IWSC is one of the most prestigious wine competitions in the world.
Judging for the competition is unique in that it has two stages. First, the products are tasted blind by expert panels, selected from over 400 fully experienced and qualified industry judges. Products which receive the top medals are then subject to technical analysis before results are released; this crucial stage ensures winners receive complete validation.
Photo: Kevin and Mort Mitchell.