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Date Printed: 7/10/2014
Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2008
Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 107674)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The major percentage of this wine is from Kangarilla Road's McLaren Flat vineyards. These vineyards located at the northern part of the foothills ripen later than other sub-regions, resulting in "cooler climate" spicy aromatic, dark berry driven wines with intense mid to back palate presence and an abundance of soft velvety tannins. These wines tend to develop best in French oak, however second and third use American oak also provide great depth. The second component is sourced from both the Blewitt Springs and Seaview areas where soils range from mostly deep sands to red earth on limestone. The resultant wines display spicy, bold, dark plum characters- very important nuances to the 2006 wine. The final component is from a vineyard in the Sellicks sub-region which is very close to the sea. Shiraz ripens early here also with very low yields. The wines have herbaceous characters with firm Cabernetlike tannins.

Aromas of spicy mulberry conserve followed by a smooth mix of earthy black and red berry fruits on the mid and back palate. They all combine beautifully with the abundance of soft tannins.

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About 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.