Our Kilikanoon winemaking team push the boundaries each harvest, seeking out new varietals and creating new styles to entice wine lovers. Delving into the sub regions of the Clare Valley provides an endless world of possibility; diverse microclimates, soils and aspect, all combine to provide a rich palette for experimentation. It is through this lens that we bring you Kx; Kilikanoon’s Small Batch wines.
Traditionally attributed to northern Germany, Riesling has spread around the world resulting producing greatly varying styles. The variety in Australia has been championed by the Clare Valley, crafting fine wines in its own style that have received world-wide acclaim. The Kx is a bridge between these two worlds. The balance between sugar, acidity and alcohol is achieved naturally by picking early and arresting the fermentation at the optimal time. The natural acidity gives glorious length to the wine, while the palate is flawlessly integrated and rounded by the residual sugar. These factors are key in producing the low alcohol wine that still feels full on the palate
Delivered to the winery, the fruit was loaded into the press and allowed to free drain. One single initial press to crack the grape skins was made and the pure juice was cut from the remainder of the pressings. Allowed to sit and naturally clarify for 4 days, the juice was racked clean and fermented at low temperatures. At 8% alcohol, it was determined to be at an optimal sweetness / acid balance and the tank was snap frozen, stopping the yeast.
A single, 2nd use white French oak barrel was filled while the remainder of the tank was sealed and allowed to sit on its fine lees for 6 months. The barrel was returned to the tank making the final blend.
Floral honeysuckle, subtle jasmine and green apple skin
Off-dry, a subtle musk flows through the palate underpinning notes of white peach and dried apple. The soft texture lightly coats the palate before dissipating cleanly on the finish.