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Kilikanoon Mort's Reserve Watervale Riesling

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A definition of riesling should have the Clare Valley written beside it. This one from the Watervale sub-region of Clare shows why it's so good. Lots of lime juice and florals leap out of the glass and up the nasal passages, then the palate chimes in with rapier-like, zesty acidity, juicy citrus and a thirst-quenching, dry finish. Try it by itself with good company, it doesn't need anything else.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Brilliant in clarity, pale straw in colour with youthful green tints.

Nose: Intense aromas of fresh limes, floral notes and garden perfumes penetrate the nose.

Palate: Generously flavoured, the flavours of limes, lemons and citrus carry over seamlessly from the nose. A wine made to either drink now or to put down for many years to enjoy with careful bottle maturation, its core of natural acidity providing terrific balance, great palate length and satisfaction.

Cellaring: Potential of at least 20 years.

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Kilikanoon Mort's Reserve Watervale Riesling

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Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
This has more of the restrained, steely minerality, some really pinned-back lime citrus, some floral notes too _ really reserved. The palate delivers impressive density and depth with real focus, mouth-watering acidity here, terrific length and very deep, clear finish.
2018
Good Wine Guide
96
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Pale colour; the bouquet is reserved and almost in hiding, offering glimpses of lime zest, green apple and lanolin; the palate follows suit, with restraint the central theme, yet the fine, dry and tightly wound acidity provides a very long finish; will certainly reward patient cellaring.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
95
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Very stylish and complete, this finely textured and tightly focused riesling has a delicate, dusty and floral bouquet of peach, lemon and chalky nuances lifted by scents of dried flowers. It's long, drying and elegant, with a clean, piercing line of fresh citrus, peach and lemony fruit underpinned by a fine, schisty chalkiness and finishing with fresh, lemony acids and slatey, mineral undertones.
2024-2032
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
96
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
I am hopelessly besotted with the classic, fine-strung purity that so many Clare rieslings have achieved in 2011, and here is another! A wine of great fruit concentration and structure, built around a core of intense lemon and lime zest, with notes of red apple and quince. It builds incrementally in the mouth, to great levels of fruit impact, riding on a razor-sharp edge of bracing acidity that will delivery it to a wonderful place in years to come.
2016-2023
94
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Pale straw, vivid hue; an altogether tightly wound and mineral-accented bouquet, offering mere glimpses of lime, florals and riverstone; the palate is beautifully poised and precise, linear and mouth-puckeringly racy, needing some time to reveal its true beauty; certainly worth the wait.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
95
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
A pure, intense and crystalline riesling whose intensity and concentration belies its delicacy and finesse. A pristine scent of lavender, lime, lemon and white peach is heavily sulphured in its youth, while its palate is very supple, fine and elegant. Underpinned by a chalky, mineral texture, it's delicate to the point of fragility, pure and essential, finishing with delightful length and intensity.
2023-2031+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; more reserved and restrained than its junior brother at this stage of its development, but will be the greater wine in the long run, its purity, finesse and length of the highest class.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
96
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A riesling of exceptional purity, perfume and elegance, with exemplary shape and focus. Its delicate but expansive bouquet of lavender, lime juice and lemon blossom precedes a long, finely sculpted palate whose concentrated, crystalline fruits are tightly woven around a fine slatey texture, finishing bright and clear.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
96
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Reserved florals, more structure and less flesh, tightly citric and refined with pristine fruit clarity.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92

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