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.
As a variety, Semillon is so well suited to the Clare Valley, just like Riesling, it benefits from the elevated landscapes, fertile soils and higher natural rainfall of the region. A cooler, wetter 2016 Clare Valley vintage was considered near perfect, with favourable conditions slowing down the ripening process and enabling full development of the varieties classic lemon, cut grass and floral notes.
One hundred percent barrel fermentation and maturation for six months in new and one year old French oak barrels has complemented and enhanced the fresh varietal vineyard characteristics of the Semillon grape; citrus and cut grass. Twice weekly battonage (lees stirring) has added to the wines complexity and creamy palate structure.
Very pale straw in colour with brilliant clarity and youthful green tints.
Lifted floral notes and intense lemony flavours with hints of cut grass and oak spices.
The delicate flavours of lemon curd, French oak creaminess and zesty natural acidity are classic features of the wines lingering finish. Fresh and lively in its youth but possessing serious ageing potential with careful cellaring.
Released as our finest Riesling cuveé of the vintage, the 2016 Mort’s Reserve was chosen from a single block on our famed Mort’s Block vineyard. Planted in 1970, it’s red loamy topsoil over the much deeper limestone base and east – west orientated rows are the perfect ingredients from which to craft this wine.
The 2016 vintage proved to be an excellent one for Riesling. We carefully monitored flavour development and identified very early in the vintage which blocks were looking superior. The quality of the fruit almost enabled the wine to make itself. The cooler nights are instrumental in retaining high natural acidities, intense flavours and long ageing potentials.
Showcasing the most distinguished of Kilikanoon’s terroir, Mort’s Reserve Riesling is a symphony of texture and complexity. We use only hand harvested fruit and free run juice, before a long and cool ferment; crafting the unequivocal essence of Kilikanoon.
Pale straw with youthful green tints. Brilliant in clarity, almost translucent in appearance.
Fresh limes, orange blossom, and hints of lemon curd overwhelm the nose.
Made in a true Reserve style, the flavours of freshly cut limes, citrus rind and piercing natural acidity beautifully combine to create a wine that over delivers on all expectations. Fine, long and extremely age worthy.