The Kilikanoon Experimental range or Kx for short, is an opportunity for our winemakers to try new techniques and styles of wine. Montepulciano is a relatively rare grape grown in Australia and very rare in the Clare Valley. Its spiritual home is the Abruzzo region of Italy where it produces high quality, black fruited, spicy wines
Fermentation started spontaneously by natural yeast present in the vineyard, and lasted 11 days. The grape skins were left for an additional week in the wine to extract further colour and flavour before being basket pressed. The wine was then racked into seasoned French oak to mature for a further eighteen months adding structure and complexity.
A very “pretty” wine, red plums, boiled lolly, candied musk lolly with an undercurrent of blackberry fruit.
Bright and tight blackberry fruit with dried thyme and baking spices. A pleasing red fruit lift at the back of the palate extends the juicy, fruit-led finish. Tannins are noticeably grippy, yet fine and inviting, providing a structural frame to the fruit. The wine screams out for food! Pairs brilliantly with BBQ sausages of all shapes, sizes and flavours.
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