The 2017 vintage was a cool and wet one, a season when harvest dates were pushed back well into late February and throughout March. The higher rainfall and cooler conditions promoting bright red fruit notes, intense flavours, classy tannins and the retention of natural acidity, all of which contribute to the wines classic Clare Valley profile, varietal character and ageing potential.
The Leasingham Valley’s north / south orientation allowing the vineyards to enjoy morning and afternoon sunshine during the ripening period providing full control over the ripening process.
All parcels were vinified using traditional methods in small open topped fermenters before basket pressing to a range of new and seasoned French oak casks. After fifteen months maturation, the final cuvee’ was assembled and bottled without fining or filtration.
Brick red in colour with bright crimson hues.
Dark fruits, sweeter cassis, a touch of mint and riper red fruits combine harmoniously on the nose. Perfectly supported and enhanced by the subtle charry oak in the background.
Often described as the perfect Aussie red blend, the unique characters of both varieties come together, the cassis, black fruits, spicy oak notes and darker plum flavours in perfect sync, a rich tapestry in a layered and persistent finish.
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.