Kilikanoon Blocks Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia

Item No. 129672
  • red wine
  • RP91
  • JH91
  • ST90
Style: Big & Bold

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2006
  • JH90
  • 2005
  • JH94

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
91 Points

"Medium to full-bodied; substantial blackcurrant/blackberry fruit; plenty of depth and structure; good oak."
91 Points

"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."
90 Points

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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...

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Learn About Other Australia

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...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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