Mr Killerman, as a young Mort Mitchell called him, lived alone in a humble tin shed in the hills behind the Kilikanoon Cellar Door. Entirely self-sufficient, he grew his own fruit and vegetables and roamed the valley for his meals with rabbits being his favourite gourmet treat.
Mort grew to know and respect this man of the bush, learning the secrets of the land and how to become one with the environment. The Killerman's Run range of approachable wines showcases the distinguished and varied terroir of the Clare Valley and the Kilikanoon philosophy of uncompromised quality and consistency.
Our Killerman's Run Cabernet has been crafted through careful fruit selection, traditional winemaking techniques, sixteen months maturation in new and seasoned French oak hogsheads and bottling unfiltered to fully enhance the wines character and appeal.Generally a warm and dry vintage, 2014 provided ideal ripening conditions to maximise enhanced flavour development and palate generosity. The Clare Valley's celebrated terroir and elevation is essential for retaining high natural acidities, fruit freshness and fine grained tannins, which are instrumental in creating cellar worthy wines.
Brick red in colour with youthful crimson tints.
A generously proportioned nose of cassis, smoky oak and ripe truffles.
Full flavoured, plush and dark, with deep notes of blackberry and blackcurrants, all ensconced in subtle oak and fruit tannins.
$33.00Our Block's Road cuvee is a careful blend of two 43 year old vineyards located in the Leasingham sub region of the Clare Valley.
With the cool nights, warm days and mostly dry conditions perfect in slowing down the ripening process, elevating the distinctive regional fruit characters, varietal complexity and elegant tannin structures.
Traditional vinification methods, including basket pressing, open fermentation and ageing in a combination of new and seasoned French oak casks, furthering the wines interest and cellaring potential.
Brick red in colour with youthful crimson hues.
Classy notes of red fruits, cigar box, tight cedary oak and hints of garden mint seductively combine on the nose.
Beautifully crafted palate, featuring the flavours of blackcurrents, red fruits and chocolates, well supported by subtle oak chariness and fine grained tannins in a lingering and satisfying finish.
First made back in 1997 and still definitely one of the sentimental favourites in our Kilikanoon portfolio, the Prodigal continues to set the standard for Clare Valley old vine Grenache.
Sourced entirely from two hand picked and hand pruned vineyards in the Watervale district, aged 65 and 70 years of age. Collectively, the blend continues to set the standard for old vine Grenache in the Clare valley.
A cooler vintage, 2014 was an exceptional one for Grenache allowing each fruit parcel to ripen slowly and evenly, maximising the intensity and flavour potential. Being 100% dry grown, the favourable growing conditions and timely natural rainfall encouraged healthy vine growth and acid retention in both vineyards right up until the blocks were harvested in late March. Both vineyard parcels were processed separately and kept individually until final blending took place using traditional vinification methods of basket pressing, ageing for 15 months in seasoned, small French oak casks and final bottling without fining or filtration.
Brick red in colour with youthful crimson hues.
Redolent of red berries, dark chocolate and musk, the well supported by subtle smokey oak notes.
Combining dark cherries, musk sticks, cedaring oak tones and savoury meats in a commanding and balanced palate experience. The cooler vintage perfect in shaping the wines fine tannins and natural acid structure. A fine wine that will age gracefully.
$44.00The Covenant is composed from selected vineyards located in the Clare Valley. An excellent season and vintage for Shiraz in the Clare Valley, the generally warm and dry conditions of 2014 maximising the flavour potential of all the fruit parcels whilst the regions famed elevation, providing cool night time temperatures ensuring elegance and long cellaring potential.
Selected parcels of handpicked fruit were fermented separately from five vineyards across the region and allowed to age for 18 months in small French oak casks before final blending and bottling.
Brick read in colour with youthful crimson hues.
A complex and flavoursome nose, featuring dark fruits, kitchen spices, feral olives and charcuterie further enhanced by wood smoke and French oak char.
A classic Clare Shiraz, that perfectly captures the regions unique terroir and personality. A full throttled fruit style, round in the mouth yet tempered and elegant in its finish. Brimming with dark chocolate, red fruits and tasty meats, the classy French oak inflluences and dense tannins providing further interest and intrigue.
Showcasing the most distinguished of Kilikanoon's terroir, and produced only during the finest of vintages, Mort's Reserve Riesling is a symphony of texture and complexity, exhibiting the unique and unequivocal essence of Kilikanoon.
The 2014 vintage really turned it on when it counted the most, with warm, late summer days and very cool nights being the prevailing order of things as the harvest approached. This textbook finish to the season, being perfect conditions in creating Classic Clare Valley Rieslings of vibrant acidity, intense flavour profiles and long ageing potential.
Our finest Riesling cuvee' of each season, the 2014 Mort's Reserve was crafted as a blend from two distinctive Watervale vineyard sites, the higher altitude Khileyre vineyard and the more southerly Mort's Block vineyard.
Brilliant in clarity, almost translucent in appearance with youthful green tints.
Impressively overt in style, the lifted aromas of fresh lemon juice, garden florals and citrus rind combine beautifully.
A beguiling palate of lemon zest, hand squeezed limes and piercing acidity come togther in a layered and persistent flavour experience. Made in a true Reserve style, the wine builds in the mouth and unleashes a riot of regional expression, focussed energy and cleansing linearity.
Our Baudinet Blend is named after a partner in Kilikanoon, Bruce Baudinet, who owns the Clare Valley vineyard where the Shiraz and Mataro are grown.
The 2014 vintage, with its cool nights, warm days and mostly dry conditions was perfect in slowing down the ripening process, elevating the distinctive regional fruit characters and seamless blend composition.
The Baudinet GSM blend is a more recent addition to our Clare Valley portfolio and one that pays homage to our affection for Rhone styled blends. Traditional winemaking techniques including open topped fermenters, basket pressing, fifteen months maturation in seasoned French oak hogsheads and bottling the final blended cuvée unfiined and unfiltered has increased both the wines appeal and cellaring potential.
Brick red in colour with deeper crimson tints.
Savoury meats, dark cherries, kitchen spices and subtle French oak notes feature prominently on the nose.
The perfectly scripted, Rhône styled blend, seamlessly coming together on the palate. The 50% Grenache providing the red cherries, vibrancy and perfume, the 40% Shiraz the robustness and texture and the 10% Mataro the savoury nuances, charcuterie and final persistence.
Winner of the 2018 Shiraz Trophy - International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), UK
With the exception of the 2011 vintage, each year since 1997 we have released the iconic Oracle Shiraz. Crafted from old vine fruit grown along the Golden Hillside in Leasingham, it continues to display the opulence, regional character and varietal power the valley is so renown for.
2014 was a cooler and more protracted vintage in the Clare Valley, allowing the Shiraz blocks along the west face of the Golden Hillside to ripen more slowly, bringing all parcels to their very optimum levels of maturity.
Low yielding Shiraz parcels were chosen across our Golden Hillside vineyards, vinfied separately using time honoured traditional techniques, then aged for 18 months in a selection of new and one year old French oak hogsheads. Bottling occurred without any fining or filtration.
Brick red in colour with youthful crimson hues.
Richly hedonistic, the nose jumps out of the glass, vigorously capturing the alluring aromas of dark chocolate, coal tar, exotic spices and complimentary French oak char.
A wine of tremendous concentration, complexity and understated elegance, the palate brims with riper plums fruits, dark chocolate and tar nicely paired with classy French oak and polished tannins that carry over in the mouth well after the wine has been consumed. A wine made for the ages.
$80.00Very much a sentimental favourite, 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.
From each hand-picked parcel arriving at the winery, to the small open topped fermenters that were used, to the basket pressing to three to six-year-old seasoned French oak hogsheads, traditional vilification processes have been followed, hardly changed over many generations of winemaking. Some extended skin contact and bottling the final cuvee, both unfined and unfiltered, has maximised the wines true potential.
Brick red in colour with brilliant crimson hues.
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 blackcurrent fruits – the wine remains anchored to its unique terroir. Its sense of place carried from start, through to a persistent, flavoursome finish.
$120.00A 100% single vineyard wine, hand selected from the traditionally pruned bush vine Kelly vineyard in Sevenhill, planted in 1932.
An important wine within our Reserve portfolio, the Kelly Grenache gets maximum attention in the cellar. We know that great wines always start off in the vineyard, but once this small parcel of fruit arrives at our winery, it is vinified in a small open-topped fermenter, allowed extended time on skins, basket pressed into seasoned French oak hogsheads and allowed to mature for 15 months in the cellar. Bottling the wine both unfined and unfiltered has further enhanced its complexity.
Bright red in colour with youthful crimson hues.
Dark cherries, fresh strawberries, cashew and truffle oil rise up on the nose, nicely underpinned by subtle toasty oak.
Richly flavoured and textured; a striking introduction of dark cherries, layers of dark chocolate, licorice overtones, seasoned meats and smoky oak notes seamlessly roll into a finish bound by chalky natural tannins and slippery acidity.