The Clare Valley region is the heart of Australian Riesling, and Kilikanoon Mort’s Block is one of the pre-eminent releases that, vintage after vintage, keeps it beating. Named for Kilikanoon founder and winemaker Kevin Mitchell’s father Mort, who planted the vines over forty years ago, Mort’s Block is a Riesling of heritage, character and excellence.
Located in the Watervale sub region of the Clare Valley, the vineyard is at an elevated site with fertile soils overlaying limestone, vital for Riesling’s acidity. The yields are low to capture concentration, seen by lime and lemon vitality, nervy acid, made in a bone-dry style with a long and fine finish.
Experience the ultimate expression of pure Clare Valley Riesling with Kilikanoon Mort’s Block.
"Hand-picked, free-run juice cold-settled. The bouquet wastes no time in establishing the region, variety and quality of this single vineyard, multi-block riesling. The floral bouquet leads into a palate of striking intensity, texture and structure, lime and lemon both claiming ascendancy, neither winning."
96 points, Wine Companion (September 2018)
The Clare ValleyThe Clare Valley is located two hours north of Adelaide in the Mount Lofty ranges. The region was settled by John Horrocks who encouraged his servant James Green to plant the first vines in 1842. Climate in the Clare Valley is continental with hot summers, cold winters and low rainfall that necessitates supplementary irrigation. Soils in the valley are predominantly red brown loams over shale, permitting excellent drainage. Many of the best vineyards are located at higher elevations of 400-500m on sites that take advantage of the cool breezes that funnel up the corrugation of hills from the south. The Clare Valley is renowned for its zesty fruit-pure Rieslings particularly from the sub-regions of Polish Hill and Watervale. The region also produces intense age-worthy sturdy reds from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.