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Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Kilikanoon Mort's Block Riesling 2009
Kilikanoon Mort's Block Riesling 2009
(search item no. 105926)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

After an unexpected burst of hot weather in late January, the 2009 vintage settled down to provide one of the best ripening seasons of the last decade. The 2009 Mort's Block Riesling is an intense, racy wine that showcases the strength of Clare Valley with this varietal. Green apple, lemon blossom and bath salts dominate the nose. The taut palate shows grapefruit and lemon pith with a stony mineral edge and crisp, natural acidity. While irresistable now, this wine will age beautifully for 10+ years, developing toasty, honeyed characters.
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About Kilikanoon:

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.