Only the second Reserve Cabernet made at Kilikanoon and a testament to the
strength of the 2009 vintage. Low, balanced fruit yields, a cool and evenly
unfolding season and the Clare Valley’s unique terroir has provided a Reserve
Cabernet with fewer than 300 cases made.
Low yielding fruit from two vineyards, one positioned in the warmer
Leasingham district and the other around our cellar door in the cooler, more
elevated Skillogalee Valley, were allowed to fully ripen, before hand harvesting,
fermentation on skins to dryness and basket pressing to new French oak
hogsheads. Bottling occurred without fining or filtration.
Appearance: Inky red in colour, dense and opaque in appearance.
Nose: A melting pot of herbaceous blackcurrant leaf, riper cassis and dark
chocolate notes and quality spicy French oak char, predominate.
Palate: Richly flavoured and of layered texture and complexity; the palate oozes
old vine charm, blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, emerging cigar box and choc-mint
characters all seductively ensconced within classy French oak and naturally
provided tannins and acidity. A palate designed to age.
Bottled: April 2011
Cellaring: Potential of at least 20+ years with careful cellaring