As a variety, Semillon is so well suited to the Clare Valley, just like Riesling, it betnefits from the elevated landscapes, fertile soils and higher natural rainfall of the region. 2015 was another standout vintage, with the early, drier than average start to the growing season, saved by substantial rainfall in January and three weeks of cool weather leading up to the harvest in early February.
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 youthfeel green tints.
Floral notes, hints of cut grass, lemon essence and subtle oak spices flood the nose.
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.
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. The ferment was stopped leaving 2.6 grams per litre of natural grape sugar with 0.5% dry grown Mataro blended in to introduce some additional spicy and savoury notes.
Pale salmon pink in colour with brillant clarity and appearance.
Red cherries, fresh picked strawberries and a hint of potpourri combine on the nose.
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.
$44.00The 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.
$33.00First made back in 1997 and still definitely one of the sentimental favourites in our Kilikanoon portfolio, the Prodigal continues to set the standard for Clare Valley old vine Grenache.
2013 was another good year for Grenache; the vintage was mostly trouble free, the warm dry days and cool nights influenced by the regions unique topography and elevation promoting fruit freshness, elegance and flavour intensity. Made as a final blend from two old Watervale vineyards, each parcel was vinified separately, basket pressed and allowed to mature for 16 months in seasoned French oak hogsheads before final bottling unfined and unfiltered.
Brick red in colour with youthful crimson tints.
Lifted aromas of black cherries, rose petal and dark cocoa come together, finely complemented by hints of subtle oak spices.
Beautifully balanced and textural in structure, the seductive flavours of dark cherries, rich chocolate, sweet kirsch and spicy French oak seamlessly combine with the polished tannins and fine bodied acidity that Grenache is renowned for.
A cool climate Pinot Gris, majority sourced from the Woodvale vineyard in the Skillogallee Valley.
2017 was a cool and delayed vintage with the higher than average rainfall and below average temperatures with many of the older traditional Clare Valley growers comparing it to the growing seasons of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Consequently, the selected blocks for our Skilly Pinot Gris were harvested in late March, up to three weeks later than usual.
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 youthful green tints and a brilliant clarity.
A richly flavoured and appealing nose, featuring exotic pears, green apples and cinnamon spices.
Often described as the perfect food wine, our Pinot Gris does not dissappoint as it blends green apples, Japanese pears and eastern spices with well crafted acidity and the textural interest of retained grape sugar in a long and rewarding palate experience.