- Kangarilla Road Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2013 Product #31653 (In Stock)
The late 2000s were a tough time for Australian wine growers, with wildly dry weather and a collapse in US demand for thick, jammy, over-the-top, Shiraz driving one winery failure after another. Winemakers like Kangarilla Road's Kevin O'Brian who survived the crisis emerged with a new appreciation for wines that showcased Australia's rich, ripe, fruit in a more balanced, fresh, and even elegant style - in short, wines built for drinking rather than just showing well in competitions.
And McLaren Vale is one of the best regions in Australia for making this transition successfully. Unlike baking hot Barossa further inland, the Vale lies just off Australia's western coast. There's still plenty of sunshine and warmth, but it's balanced by cooling breezes and a bit of nighttime chill that locks in flavor and freshness. In the fine 2013 vintage, Kevin captured the "new" McLaren Vale style perfectly in a 100% Syrah red loaded with red and black fruit, a hint of smoked meat, and pretty accents of licorice and spice. Great with a steak, for sure, but also fine drinking while the coals are still warming up.
"Medium to deep garnet/purple, the 2013 Shiraz Estate has pretty aromas of black and red cherries plus cloves notes with hints of eucalyptus and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, it has nice freshness, good intensity and grainy, firm tannins. It finishes long."Wine Advocate 90 points
- Kangarilla Road Chardonnay 2014 Product #31712 (In Stock)
Australian Chardonnay is vastly under-rated - so much so that we struggle to even find them to offer you. This one's right down the middle stylistically and really delicious to boot! Sourced from two different vineyards in the cool Adelaide Hills, winemaker Kevin O'Brian splits his fruit into two batches. Half is fermented and aged in stainless steel to maximize freshness and fruit. Half is fermented in new French oak cask, but removed after just 3 months, giving the wine a touch of oak-influenced creaminess without a lot of overt wood flavor. The result is a rich but crisp Chardonnay, loaded with yellow apple and peach fruit accented with a subtle touch of hazelnut. Tasty stuff!
- Kangarilla Road Shiraz Alluvial Fans 2012 Product #31654 (In Stock)
Limited! One of the key drivers in McLaren Vale's renewal after the great Shiraz collapse of the late 2000s was, of all things, a map. As Lisa Perrotti-Brown explains in The Wine Advocate, “In July 2010, after decades of research performed by curious geologists, a detailed Geology Map of the entire McLaren Vale wine region - GDA 94 - was unveiled. A simple peek at what-lies-beneath revealed an astonishing truth to the local winemakers: that there was an undeniable link between marked geological variations in McLaren Vale and notable differences in the characters of the wines that the varying areas produced.”
Kangarilla Road’s Kevin O’Brian and his fellow winemakers created the Scarce Earth wine series to showcase how Shiraz performs on the Vale’s amazingly diverse soils. His 2012 contribution comes from vines planted in the 1970s on ancient alluvial soils. Here, Shiraz shows more aromatic intensity and distinct notes of tar and earth. It’s wonderfully lush and rich, but stays impeccably balanced and fresh through the very, very, long finish.
"Deep garnet/purple, the 2012 Alluvial Fans Shiraz (Scarce Earth) reveals attractive aromas of cassis, dark chocolate, black pepper, asphalt, tar and earth. Elegant on the medium to full-bodied palate, it has velvety smooth tannins, tons of fruit and earth flavors and a long finish."Wine Advocate 93 points