Semillon has been grown in the Clare Valley for many years and just like its sibling Riesling, it thrives in elevated landscapes, fertile soils and higher natural rainfall areas. The 2017 vintage was generally cool with intermittent rainfall leading up to and across the harvest period. These favourable conditions significantly slowed down the harvest, retaining higher levels of natural acidity, fruit freshness and intensity of flavour.
The fruit was harvested at night when cool, gently drained and lightly pressed, then allowed to cold settle before racking and warming the juice to ferment. Starting off in stainless steel, the fermenting wine was allowed to complete its journey in a selection of new and more seasoned French oak hogheads. Further barrel maturation and twice weekly lees stirring gives the wine more complexity and creamy textural qualities.
Very pale straw in colour with youthful green tints; of brilliant clarity and appearance.
Overwhelmingly citrus driven in flavour, the nose features lifted lime and lemon zest, subtle kitchen spices, subtle oak nuances and hints of cut grass.
The palate is both primary and complex in design with fresh lemons and limes perfectly in sync with the creamy yoghurt characters, crisp acidity and sublime French oak in the background. This is a wine that can be enjoyed young and fresh or benefit from further careful cellaring.
A local blend sourced mostly from our cool climate Skilly Valley vineyard near the picturesque Kilikanoon cellar door with an addition from our high altitude Trillians Hill vineyard in Penwortham.
Once harvested, each parcel was kept separate, drained and very lightly pressed before the juices were cold settled. The racked juices were fermented cool at 14 degrees for three weeks before one parcel had its ferment arrested just before dryness, leaving a small amount of retained grape sugar to provide the final cuvée with some additional texture and structure.
Pale straw with some subtle ‘Gris’ tints to its appearance. Brilliant in clarity.
Lifted aromas of Japanese pear, green apple, cinnamon spice and fresh quince enliven the nose.
Fresh and lively with a rounded texture and a fine acidic backbone, the palate beautifully combines the fresh flavours of green apples, international pears and ‘just picked’ quinces with the exotic spicy undertones of cinnamon and cloves, in a long and indulgent finish.
Sold OutFirst 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.
2012 was another good year for Grenache; the vintage was mostly trouble free, the warm dry days and cool nights influenced by the regions unique topography and elevation promoting fruit freshness, elegance and flavour intensity. Made as a final blend from two old Watervale vineyards, each parcel was vinified separately, basket pressed and allowed to mature for 16 months in seasoned French oak hogsheads before final bottling unfined and unfiltered.
Brick red in colour with youthful crimson tints.
Lifted aromas of black cherries, rose petal and dark cocoa come together, finely complemented by hints of subtle oak spices.
Beautifully balanced and textural in structure, the seductive flavours of dark cherries, rich chocolate, sweet kirsch and spicy French oak seamlessly combine with the polished tannins and fine bodied acidity that Grenache is renowned for.
Hand selected parcels were chosen from across our famed Golden Hillside vineyards, including the original Mort’s Block Vineyard that started it all. 100% Watervale fruit, only minutes from the Kilikanoon winery.
Completely hand-picked, and taking free run juice only, coupled with the mild seasonal conditions has created a wine of tremendous elegance, varietal character and ageing potential.
Pale straw in appearance with brilliant clarity and youthful green tints.
Lifted Riesling profile; lemon curd, hints of tropical fruits and freshly squeezed kaffir limes round out the nose.
Limes, citrus rind and subtle tropical nuances wrapped around a core of spine tingling acidity confidently define the cool 2017 vintage conditions. A potent and zesty finish completely frame the canvas of a wine destined to live long in the cellar.
$75.00The 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.