Kilikanoon Blocks Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
Deep inky / crimson red with distinct purple hues, a blend of violets, liquorice and small berry fruits on the nose integrated with subtle perfumed French oak flavors. The palate combines leafy berry fruit flavours with hints of chocolate / licorice that complex well with French oak. Wine has a tight acidity with a slightly drying firm tannin finish and a balanced alcohol smoothness that provides good palate length and persistence.
The Wine Advocate - "Readers get significant flavor concentration and power as well as surprising elegance in the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Blocks Road, a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from 40- to 60-year-old parcels aged 24 months in large French hogsheads. This unfined and unfiltered cuvee is a deep, full-throttle Cabernet offering notes of loamy soil interwoven with creme de cassis, cigar smoke, and spice. Dense, rich, intense, elegant, and impressively endowed, it would be difficult to find a California Cabernet for under $50 that competes with this beauty."
Australian Wine Companion - "Medium to full-bodied; substantial blackcurrant/blackberry fruit; plenty of depth and structure; good oak."
International Wine Cellar - "Deep ruby. Powerful, expressive scents of creme de cassis, blackberry and mocha. A strong cherry note dominates the palate, along with subtle notes of baking spices and sweet underbrush. Focused, sweet and long on the dusty finish, with impressive focus and lift."
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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
About Other AustraliaView a map of Other Australia wineries
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 & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.