Kilikanoon Mort's Block Reserve Riesling 2009
Riesling from Australia
Brilliant in clarity, almost translucent in color with subtle green tints. The nose is intensely focused, with flavors of lemons and limes intermingling beautifully with the cooler vinatge florals and perfumes. It has a powerfully flavored, yet elegantly styled palate, beautifully balanced and sustained by its natural acidity.
Wine & Spirits - "2009 Clare Valley Mort's Reserve Watervale Riesling Mort Mitchell planted this site 40 years ago, the wine now made by his son, Kevin. The age of the vines shows in the flavor concentration, a mineral bath of lime zest, lemon curd and something deeper in hue, like the pink cast of a peach. The earthy tension of the wine is driven by acidity, integrated into the flavor so it tastes like fruit, finishing dry and savory. Built to age ten years or more."
Australian Wine Companion - "Follows the path of Mort's Block, simply adding extra depth and power; at the moment, less lively and expressive, although will flourish with time."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Mort's Reserve Riesling offers a similar aromatic and flavor profile (it is also barely off-dry) but is richer and broader on the palate. This lengthy effort also has the acid structure to blossom for several more years and offers a drinking window from 2013 to 2024. "
International Wine Cellar - "Vivid straw with a hint of green. Energetic, pure scents of fresh citrus, honeysuckle, chalk and spices. Impressively filigree in texture, with lively lime and pink grapefruit flavors and a strong undercurrent of chalky minerality. Closes on a tangy lime note, with resonating stoniness and lift. I'd love to check in on this wine in another four or five years."
Wine Spectator - "Sleek, vibrant and tingling with lime, green apple, star fruit and wet-stone aromas and flavors. A textbook Riesling that finishes dry and steely. Best from 2012 through 2020. 50 cases imported."
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Founded in 1997 by Kevin Mitchell, Kilikanoon is a boutique Clare Valley winery with an international reputation for producing regionally expressive, terroir-driven wines. The Kilikanoon property, featuring a circa 1860s stone cottage housing Kilikanoon tasting room, was originally settled by early English migrants who named it after an historic old mansion in Cornwall. On purchasing the property in the 1990s, Kevin Mitchell inherited 30 year old Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache and Riesling vineyards, many of which were planted by his father, Mort, in the 1960s. Fifteen years on, with the addition of partners Nathan Waks, a principal cellist with the Sydney Symphony, and Bruce Baudinet, Managing Director of Oracle Estates, Kilikanoon is rated by US and Australian critics as one of the Clare Valley's outstanding wineries, producing bracingly intense and long-lived Rieslings, along with powerful, yet balanced, Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. View all Kilikanoon Wines
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With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales- home to Sydney and other tourist destinations, New South Wales has a smaller focused wine growing region, but many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations and so are deemed New South Wales appellation.
Western Australia– a small corner of Australia winemaking occurs on the opposite coast of the others. The largest state, Western Australia includes the smaller appellation of Margaret River.
Southeastern Australia– This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in the country.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.