In very special years at Kilikanoon, we cut through selected fruiting canes in our Mort's Block vineyard prior to harvest. This action results in the grapes dramatically concentrating their flavours and creating a luscious, yet refreshingly crisp, dessert styled Riesling. 2009 was one such very special year.
Watervale soils are typified by fertile red brown loams overlying limestone sub layers; soil profiles that lend themselves to growing Riesling of exceptional distinction and character. All fruit was hand harvested during late February, typically yielding around 5.0 – 6.0 tonnes per hectare.
- SA - Clare Valley
- South Australia
The 2009 Mort’s Cut Riesling is in a non-botrytis Auslese style with 128 g/L residual sugar. It displays an alluring bouquet of peach, apricot, and tropical aromas leading to a sweet, vibrant, flavorful dessert wine that should provide pleasure for a decade.
Kilikanoon was clearly challenged by the difficult conditions of the 2007 vintage. A number of the red wines could not be recommended. Those that were, achieved significantly lower scores than they have in the recent past. Rating 91 - Drink to 2019 - Jay Miller, Wine Advocate (DEC/2009)
Utterly delicious cane cut riesling, the opulently sweet lime juice fruit perfectly balanced by acidity; will develop complexity with years in bottle. Rating 93 - Drink by 2014 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
Golden straw in colour with still youthful green tints and brilliant clarity.
Honeyed and slightly toasty in character with underlying hints of melon and citrus.
The palate is quite luscious and hedonistic in style, with the texture of a dessert wine yet keenly balanced with the finesse and cleansing acidity that only fine Clare Valley Riesling possesses.
At least 20 years
Soft white cheeses or enjoy with panna cotta and summer berries.
Medals & Trophies
Trophy, Best Sweet Wine, Clare Wine Show 2011
Gold Medal & Best in Class, Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2011
Trophy, Best Sweet Wine, Clare Wine Show 2010