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 wild rabbits 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 uncompromising quality and consistency.
Our Killerman’s Run Cabernet Sauvignon 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.
A cooler than expected vintage caught many by surprise, the lower evening temperatures punctuated by a number of lighter rainfall events that slowed down the ripening process and allowed the harvest to run well into April. Clare always looks its best in the cooler seasons and these conditions have been very favourable in creating wines of great definition, character and complexity.
Brick red in colour with deep crimson hues.
The aromas of blackcurrant, cassis, tobacco leaf and subtle French oak char combine sweetly on the nose.
Richly flavoured and textured, the classic cassis and leaf notes carry through confidently from the nose onto the palate, beautifully supported by fine grained natural tannins, smoky oak influences and balanced acidity. Its long and succulent finish will provide added complexity if given additional time in the cellar.
$40.00A crafted blend from two estate vineyards across our Golden Hillside region in Leasingham adjacent the Kilikanoon winery.
The vineyards elevated position, cool nights and warm days during the harvest period, has defined the wines elegance, flavour ripeness and distinctive regional and varietal characters, in this highly prized Clare Valley Cabernet.
Matching new technologies with traditional vinification techniques such as basket pressing, ageing each separate parcel in a combination of new and more seasoned French oak casks for sixteen months and bottling the final cuvee both unfined and unfiltered has given the wine additional complexity and cellaring potential.
Brick red in colour with youthful crimson hues.
Multilayered and intense, with attractive flavours of cherries and blackberries, subtle leafiness and hints of emerging cigarbox combining on the nose, further enhanced by smoky oak char.
Pitch perfect with seductively polished tannins, dark fruit flavours and textural consistency, with juicy cassis, bell pepper, and lingering oak persistence.
$50.00Our 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.
$96.00Low yielding fruit from two vineyards, one positioned in the warmer Leasingham district and the other at our cellar door in the cooler, more elevated Skillogalee valley.
A classic Clare Valley vintage that featured warm days and cooler night temperatures, slowing down the harvest allowing both vineyards to be hand picked at their optimum levels of ripeness and maximising the development of the cassis and tobacco leaf characters, fine tannins and balanced natural acidity.
Once the hand picked fruit arrived at the winery, it was gently crushed and fermented on skins until dryness using selected, cultured yeasts. Once dry, each batch was basket pressed into a selection of new and 1 year old French oak hogsheads and allowed to mature for 18 months in our cellars. Final composition and bottling occurred without fining or filtration. This is the finest Cabernet in our portfolio with less than 3000 bottles produced.
Inky red in colour, with youthful crimson hues.
Fresh red berries, riper blackcurrent notes, hints of leaf and mint all meld seamlessly together, seductively supported classy French oak spices.
A textured yet taut and linear palate, the noble flavours of cassis, tobacco leaf, nuances of liquorice and lively red berries all superbly combine, further enhanced and fleshed out by the wines lively acidity and fine grained tannins; a Reserve wine made for the ages.