Second Fiddle Rose | Mort's Block Riesling | Skilly Valley Pinot Gris | Pearce Road Semillon | Prodigal Grenache | Block's Road Cabernet Sauvignon | Covenant Shiraz
Powerful and elegant, the Classic Clare Collection is the ultimate expression of the amazing diversity of microclimates that exist in Clare Valley. Showcasing the meticulous site selection of Kilikanoon, these wines are harmoniously composed to achieve distinct regional and varietal definition.
This year, our Rosé was made as a cuveé of two old grenache vineyards, one adjacent the old Watervale Hotel and the other, a vineyard in Leasingham that was planted in 1944.
Both vineyards are planted on deep loam over limestone soils that tend to produce larger berries with higher juice to skin ratios, producing perfect fruit to create a crisp, dry and flavoursome Rosé.
Both vineyards were harvested a little earlier than normal for Grenache, to achieve a savoury, cherry, almost chalky flavour spectrum. This, coupled with crisp natural acidity and an off-dry finish, has a created a refreshing and youthful Rosé. Both parcels were given just one hour skin contact in the press before being gently pressed off and cool fermented for three weeks.
Very pale in colour with salmon tints and a brilliant clarity, almost translucent in appearance.
Lifted cherries, savoury nuances and spring garden perfume fill the nose.
Raspberries and rose petals with a crisp dry finish, this style is best enjoyed young and fresh.
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.