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Kilikanoon Blocks Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
  • RP91
  • JH91
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Winemaker 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.

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RP 91
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.

JH 91
Australian Wine Companion

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

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Kilikanoon, , Australia
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.

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Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

STEBLOCKSRD_2003 Item# 129672

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