Showcasing the most distinguished of Kilikanoon's terroir, and produced only during the finest of vintages, Mort's Reserve Riesling is a symphony of texture and complexity, exhibiting the unique and unequivocal essence of Kilikanoon.
The 2014 vintage really turned it on when it counted the most, with warm, late summer days and very cool nights being the prevailing order of things as the harvest approached. This textbook finish to the season, being perfect conditions in creating Classic Clare Valley Rieslings of vibrant acidity, intense flavour profiles and long ageing potential.
Our finest Riesling cuvee' of each season, the 2014 Mort's Reserve was crafted as a blend from two distinctive Watervale vineyard sites, the higher altitude Khileyre vineyard and the more southerly Mort's Block vineyard.
Brilliant in clarity, almost translucent in appearance with youthful green tints.
Impressively overt in style, the lifted aromas of fresh lemon juice, garden florals and citrus rind combine beautifully.
A beguiling palate of lemon zest, hand squeezed limes and piercing acidity come togther in a layered and persistent flavour experience. Made in a true Reserve style, the wine builds in the mouth and unleashes a riot of regional expression, focussed energy and cleansing linearity.
James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2016
- 97 Points
- James Halliday
- Powerfully flavoured and not without flesh, even at this early stage. Lime, bath salts and orange rind, perhaps some floral notes. Attractive. Slightly spritzy. Lots of life ahead.
Australian Wine Annual
- 95 Points
- Jeremy Oliver
- Very restrained and elegant, this is a riesling of great purity and freshness, building intensity towards the finish in classical style. Its delicate, rather closed and mineral aromas of pear and lime juice reveal a faint chalky note, while its silky palate delivers a long, smooth depth of flavour overlying a fine slatey texture, culminating in a refreshing finish of lemon butter and fresh acidity.
- 92 Points
- Light, bright yellow. Incisive aromas of grapefruit, quinine, white flowers and chalky minerals. Dry, tangy and sharply focused, offering bitter citrus pith and green apple flavors that unfold slowly, picking up deeper melon and nectarine qualities on the back half. Closes firm, spicy and very long, with an intense, lingering mineral nuance.
The Wine Front
- 92 Points
- Gary Walsh
- Lime, citrus flowers, toast and a hint of petrol creeping in. Plenty of crunch and power in the mouth with lime and lemon butter, some spice and some toasty richness. Clean acidity and subtle quartz-y texture. Finish is good, long and strongly flavoured. Not sure it's one for the ages, but certainly offers good drinking now. Complexity and power.
Cellaring: Potential of at least 30 years