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Kilikanoon Mort's Reserve Riesling 2009

Riesling from Clare Valley, Australia
  • JH94
  • W&S94
  • RP92
  • WS91
12.5% ABV
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  • RP91
  • W&S93
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Winemaker Notes

Brilliant in clarity, almost translucent in color with subtle green tints. The nose is intensely focused, with flavors of lemons and limes intermingling beautifully with the cooler vinatge florals and perfumes. It has a powerfully flavored, yet elegantly styled palate, beautifully balanced and sustained by its natural acidity.

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JH 94
Australian Wine Companion
Follows the path of Mort's Block, simply adding extra depth and power; at the moment, less lively and expressive, although will flourish with time.
W&S 94
Wine & Spirits
2009 Clare Valley Mort's Reserve Watervale Riesling Mort Mitchell planted this site 40 years ago, the wine now made by his son, Kevin. The age of the vines shows in the flavor concentration, a mineral bath of lime zest, lemon curd and something deeper in hue, like the pink cast of a peach. The earthy tension of the wine is driven by acidity, integrated into the flavor so it tastes like fruit, finishing dry and savory. Built to age ten years or more.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Mort's Reserve Riesling offers a similar aromatic and flavor profile (it is also barely off-dry) but is richer and broader on the palate. This lengthy effort also has the acid structure to blossom for several more years and offers a drinking window from 2013 to 2024.
Rating: 92+
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Sleek, vibrant and tingling with lime, green apple, star fruit and wet-stone aromas and flavors. A textbook Riesling that finishes dry and steely. Best from 2012 through 2020. 50 cases imported.
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Kilikanoon

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Kilikanoon, Clare Valley, Australia
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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.

Clare Valley

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The Clare Valley is actually a series of narrow north to south valleys, each with a different soil type and slightly different weather patterns along their stretch. In the southern heartland between Watervale and Auburn, there is mainly a crumbled, red clay loam soil called terra-rossa and cool breezes come in from Gulf St. Vincent. A few miles north, in Polish Hill, is soft, red loam over clay and is influenced by westerlies blowing in from the Spencer Gulf.

The differences in soil, elevation, degree of slope and weather enable the region to produce some of Australia’s finest, aromatic, spicy and lime-pithy Rieslings, as well as excellent Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec with ripe plummy fruit, good acid and big structure.

Clare Valley is an isolated farming country with a continental climate known for its warm and sunny days, followed by cool nights—perfect for wine grapes’ development of sugar and phenolic ripeness in conjunction with notable acidity levels.

Riesling

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A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining easily identifiable typicity. This versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Riesling is best known in Germany and Alsace, and is also of great importance in Austria. The variety has also been particularly successful in Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys, New Zealand, Washington, cooler regions of California, and the Finger Lakes region of New York.

In the Glass

Riesling typically produces wine with relatively low alcohol, high acidity, steely minerality and stone fruit, spice, citrus and floral notes. At its ripest, it leans towards juicy peach, nectarine and pineapple, while cooler climes produce Rieslings more redolent of meyer lemon, lime and green apple. With age, Riesling can become truly revelatory, developing unique, complex aromatics, often with a hint of petrol.

Perfect Pairings

Riesling is quite versatile, enjoying the company of sweet-fleshed fish like sole, most Asian food, especially Thai and Vietnamese (bottlings with some residual sugar and low alcohol are the perfect companions for dishes with substantial spice) and freshly shucked oysters. Sweeter styles work well with fruit-based desserts.

Sommelier Secret

It can be difficult to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling, and German labeling laws do not make things any easier. Look for the world “trocken” to indicate a dry wine, or “halbtrocken” or “feinherb” for off-dry. Some producers will include a helpful sweetness scale on the back label—happily, a growing trend.

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