- 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