Kilikanoon ‘Killerman’s Run’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Grape Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Growing Region: Clare Valley - Australia
Founder / Winemaker: Kevin Mitchell
*Chief & Senior Winemakers: Peter Warr & Kirby Graudins - *(both joining in late 2018)
4 Stars ★★★★
This Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon takes its name from a local character who was nick-named ‘Killerman’, by Kevin’s father Mort Mitchell. This self-sufficient man lived alone in a humble tin shed in the hills behind the Kilikanoon Cellar Door. Living off fruit and vegetables and roamed the valley for his meals with rabbits being his favourite. This Cabernet is part of the ‘Killerman's Run’ range of extremely drinkable varietal wines.
Showcasing its terroir, this Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is masterfully composed from Kilikanoon’s own diverse vineyard sites, planted across the region, expressing a, engaging, elegant and approachable style.
Even though this wine region is inland, and some 100km’s north of the Barossa. It must be remembered that the Clare has cooler valleys and cool seasons and it is these conditions that are ideal in creating a Cabernet of great definition, character and complexity.
This 2018 ‘Killerman’s Run’ Cabernet Sauvignon as with previous vintages has been crafted through careful fruit selection, traditional and respectful winemaking techniques, 16 months development in a mix of new and seasoned French oak hogsheads. And then after tasting it has been bottled unfiltered to fully enhance the wines appeal.
• In your glass you will be greeted by a deep red colour with shining crimson hue. This wine has an inviting aroma showcasing cassis berries, truffles and a note of mint-chocolate in the background. These engaging aromatics lead onto a broad palate expressing layers of flavour. Your senses are rewarded with dark wild berries, cacao and tobacco all nicely wrapped in fruit tannins and well-balanced oak. Giving the wine a defined structure and self-assured character and resulting in a smooth lingering dry finish.
This 2018 Kilikanoon ‘Killerman’s Run’ Cabernet Sauvignon has 14% Alc. Dry Style. Decant for 45-50 minutes and serve in a generously shaped red wine glass at 17°- 18°C.
CELLARING POTENTIAL: *(Review 10/9/21)
With decanting, drinking and enjoyable this season; and will age well for another 8 - 10 years.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine pairing with roast beef, grilled or bbq’d meats, homemade steak & kidney pie, wild game cuisine with a wine-jus, earthy vegetarian dishes, and aged hard cheeses - enjoy.