With the cool nights, warm days and mostly dry conditions perfect in slowing down the ripening process, elevating the distinctive regional fruit characters, varietal complexity and elegant tannin structures.
Traditional vinification methods, including basket pressing, open fermentation and ageing in a combination of new and seasoned French oak casks, furthering the wines interest and cellaring potential.
Brick red in colour with youthful crimson hues.
Classy notes of red fruits, cigar box, tight cedary oak and hints of garden mint seductively combine on the nose.
Beautifully crafted palate, featuring the flavours of blackcurrents, red fruits and chocolates, well supported by subtle oak chariness and fine grained tannins in a lingering and satisfying finish.
$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.
Sourced predominantly from the cooler Woodvale vineyard in the Skilly Valley and only a few hundred meters from our picturesque Kilikanoon cellar door near Penwortham.
For the most part, 2018 was a challenging vintage; a very dry spring, low summer rainfall and a dry harvest period threw up a number of challenges to both our winemaking and viticultural teams. But through careful vineyard management, attention to the finest detail and by selecting the best fruit possible, the year has turned out to be a quite a surprise package for our Skilly Pinot Gris. Intense flavours, good acid structure and strong balance hallmarks of the season.
Created in a leaner, more complex style than many fuller bodied Pinot Gris’s that are currently on the market, this predominantly Skilly Valley sourced cuvee’ was crushed and drained before a cool three week fermentation took place. The ferment cut short at the very end in order to retain a hint of natural grape sugar to give the wine some added texture.
Pale straw in colour with a few subtle ‘Gris’ tints to it with a brilliant clarity.
Layers of pear, quince and exotic spices infuse the nose, lifted and aromatic.
Riper notes of preserved pears, hints of kiwi fruit and cinnamon spices crowd out the palate, perfectly cocooned within lingering acidity and a small amount of retained sweetness that adds both texture and character to the final blend.
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 well suited to making Rosé, possessing larger, juicier berries that have lower skin to juice ratios, thus maximising flavour. Both vineyards are hand pruned and hard harvested and managed in a very sustainable way.
Picked earlier that would otherwise for a fuller bodied red wine, both vineyards were harvested around 12.5 degrees Baumé to ensure freshness and a savoury to red cherry flavour spectum was achieved. Only given one hour skin contact, both parcels were gently pressed off and cold settled before fermenting cool at 13 degrees for 3 weeks. 0.65% of dry grown Mataro was added to introduce some additional spicy and savoury notes.
Pale salmon pink in colour with brillant clarity and appearance.
Rose petal, raspberries and alluring spring garden perfumes.
A very inviting and fresh wine, bringing together the flavours of red cherries, oriental spices and rose petals, beautifully balanced with zesty natural acidity and a touch of naturally retained grape sweetness. Although made to enjoy whilst young, additional benefit will be attained from one to two years of careful cellaring.
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.