Kilikanoon Mort's Block Reserve Riesling 2008
Riesling from Australia
Free-run juice from hand-harvested fruit undergoes a cool ferment in stainless steel to preserve the bright, primary fruit flavors inherent in this noble grape. The result is a wine of brilliant clarity, almost translucent in color with subtle green tints. Fragrant meyer lemon dominates the nose, complemented by intense citrus oils and distinct mineral notes. The long, focused palate offers concentrated lime, lemon verbena and bright natural acidity, resulting in a wine of power, elegance and great persistence.
Australian Wine Companion - "A beautiful riesling, with citrus blossom aromas, then a pure palate, the lime and lemon fruit shimmering all the way through to the lingering finish."
International Wine Cellar - "Pale gold. Heady aromas of bitter lemon, lime zest, quinine and anise, with a strong mineral undertone. Lush Meyer lemon, peach skin and herb flavors stain the palate, with bitter pear skin and grapefruit pith notes adding cut. Leaves smoky mineral and citrus qualities behind on the strikingly long, sappy finish. This could handle rich foods with ease."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Watervale Riesling Mort's Reserve is light straw-colored with a superb nose of baking spices, spring flowers, mineral, and citrus. Rich and full-flavored on the palate with excellent focus, this tasty Riesling will evolve for several years and offer prime drinking from 2010 to 2018."
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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.