Kangarilla Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, Australia
Aromas of dark berries combined with hints of earthy richness. The palate is full of rich dark savory fruit leaving trails of dark chocolate, cherries and sweet fine mouth filling tannins.
Food pairings: Strong cheese, pasta, wild game and red meat
Australian Wine Companion - "Immediately proclaims its regional origin with dark chocolate overtones to quite luscious black and redcurrant fruit; lovely mouthfeel; great value."
Wine Enthusiast - "Full-bodied and youthfully tannic, but quite promising, this wine features a big core of cassis fruit and plenty of oak-derived embellishment. It’s not herbal, but not pruny either, hitting the sweet spot between under- and overripe. Good now, but should hold through at least 2013."
Kangarilla Road Vineyard & Winery
Before creating the Kangarilla Road vineyard and winery, Kevin O'Brien was a winemaker educated at the highly regarded Roseworthy College in Adelaide. He spent 12 years in the wine industry managing wine companies, as well as two years as the international manager of the Australian Wine Export Council. Today, Kangarilla Road's reds display rich varietal character with finesse, structure and balance not always exhibitied by wines from McLaren Vale. Aside from the winery's Shiraz and cabernet, it can boast of one of the few successful zinfandel plantings in Australia.
Kangarilla Road is a fairly new brand on the Australian wine scene, but the grapes come from vines planted in the 1970's. For several years prior to 1997, Kevin and Helen O'Brien had been seeking a high quality McLaren Vale vineyard to purchase. When they were lucky enough to find the old-vine Cambrai vineyard, they jumped at the chance to purchase it. The winery's first complete vintage as Kangarilla Road was in 1998. View all Kangarilla Road Vineyard & Winery Wines
About McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the top grapes of the region, with some Cabernet Sauvignon planted as well. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the regions are excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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10 ratings, 8 with reviewsSuperdaddy - Roslyn, NY311/13/2008I thought it was just okCurt Pangracs - Leavenworth, KS412/16/2009I'm NOT a red wine drinker...at least I wasn't until I found this gem! So many different phases of flavor in every sip, and it changes constantly! I have bought another bottle and keep it in my nightly decanter!Lynn Looby - Newtown Square, PA44/22/2010wine_critic - Herrin, IL46/1/2010
full bodied with right amount of oak flavor. very good.Shoblock - Ledgewood, NJ43/29/2009rlamartini - Alexandria, LA42/10/2010Wine is overall very good but given the 94 rating, I expected more. With aging this wine hopefully live up to it's hypeMike Conza - Canton, MA22/13/2010Average at best - tart and thin, with rough tanins. Maybe it needs to sit in the cellar a longer?Brad Brisbin - Cincinnati, OH33/15/2010For less than $20, this wine has plenty of flavor and attributes that eveyone can enjoy. I plan to buy more. Drink now or hold for 3-5 years.ross davis - Oceanport, NJ44/3/2009d36/22/2010It opened up a bit and was better as the night went on, but overall it was still average.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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