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.
$80.00With the exception of the 2011 vintage, each year since 1997 we have released the iconic Oracle Shiraz. Crafted from old vine fruit grown along the golden hillside in Leasingham, it continues to display the opulence, regional character and varietal power the valley is so renowned for.
Low yielding Shiraz parcels were chosen across our golden hillside vineyards, vinfied separately using time honoured traditional techniques, then aged for 20 months in a selection of new and one year old French oak hogsheads. Bottling occurred without any fining or filtration.
A standout vintage, 2012 has been compared very closely with the famous 2002 vintage, with the ripening and harvest conditions consisting of warm days, cool nights with minimal rainfall and no disease pressure what so ever; perfect ingredients in the production of long lived, flavoursome Shiraz wines.
Brick red in colour with youthful crimson hues.
Elevated notes of ripe plums, dark chocolate, exotic spices and charry oak influences enliven the senses.
A balanced and focused palate, the flavours of fresh berries, cherry plums and dark chocolate feature predominantly, beautifully enhanced and complexed by the long lived natural tannins and classy French oak. A wine easily consumed whilst young but with clear rewards to those you choose to cellar for longer.
$44.00Our strong interest and respect for French varietals continues at Kilikanoon, with the release of our first straight Mataro. Often called by its French name, Mourvedre (we prefer the local Australian moniker), Mataro has been used by Kilikanoon since 2002, its terrific length and flavour profile instrumental in many fine GSM blends. As a single varietal, Mataro tends to be quite tarry and spicy by design, its firm yet gentle tannins are a vital piece of its personality.
The Clare Valley has proven to be an excellent place to grow Mataro, its higher elevation, warm dry climate and cool evenings during harvest are perfect conditions for creating classy, flavoursome and age worthy wines. The 2013 vintage was a great year to start the ball rolling. The fruit was picked in the cool of the early morning, fermented on skins traditionally, before basket pressing to mostly seasoned French oak hogsheads, where it matured for 18 months before being bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Bright red in colour with youthful crimson tints.
A dark and quite heady nose of savoury meats, road tar, pepper and faint cherries combine seamlessly together, nicely underpinned by subtle French oak notes.
A wine that quickly builds in the mouth, the initial cherry and red fruit flavours further deepening to include spicy salami, tar, black olive and hints of seasoned oak chariness. Characterised by its unique personality and persistence, it presents as a wine of serious ageing potential.
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.
Winner of the 2018 Shiraz Trophy - International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), UK
With the exception of the 2011 vintage, each year since 1997 we have released the iconic Oracle Shiraz. Crafted from old vine fruit grown along the Golden Hillside in Leasingham, it continues to display the opulence, regional character and varietal power the valley is so renown for.
2014 was a cooler and more protracted vintage in the Clare Valley, allowing the Shiraz blocks along the west face of the Golden Hillside to ripen more slowly, bringing all parcels to their very optimum levels of maturity.
Low yielding Shiraz parcels were chosen across our Golden Hillside vineyards, vinfied separately using time honoured traditional techniques, then aged for 18 months in a selection of new and one year old French oak hogsheads. Bottling occurred without any fining or filtration.
Brick red in colour with youthful crimson hues.
Richly hedonistic, the nose jumps out of the glass, vigorously capturing the alluring aromas of dark chocolate, coal tar, exotic spices and complimentary French oak char.
A wine of tremendous concentration, complexity and understated elegance, the palate brims with riper plums fruits, dark chocolate and tar nicely paired with classy French oak and polished tannins that carry over in the mouth well after the wine has been consumed. A wine made for the ages.