Kangarilla Road Shiraz Viognier 2005

Rhone Red Blends from McLaren Vale, Australia

Item No. 89649
  • red wine
  • screw cap wine
  • RP91
Style: Smooth & Supple

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.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2008
  • RP91
  • 2006
  • RP93
  • JH91

Winemaker's Notes

Aromas of lifted spice with ripe dark berry and light conserve fruit balanced with integrated oak. This extraordinary wine has long, full, integrated flavor with spice, dark fruits and finishes with an abundance of soft tannins.
The 2005 vintage followed good soaking rains during the prior 2004 winter. The gentle Spring yielded excellent bud burst, early shoot growth and full canopies, creating optimum ripening conditions. The summer of 2005 brought mild, daytime temperatures and typical, cool nights. The resultant wines show intense fruit and excellent balancing acidity. As far as good vintage years go, 2005 will be remembered as one of the truly great ones.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2005 Shiraz/Viognier (92% and 8% respectively) was aged 14 months in primarily new French oak. It exhibits an attractive pain grille character intermixed with blackberries, camphor, violets, and bacon fat. This dense ruby/purple-hued, full-bodied, opulent, rich, fleshy wine should drink well for 8-10 years. "
91 Points

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Shiraz and 8% Viognier, co-fermented. It's Cote Rotie at half the price.
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Learn About Kangarilla Road Map ItMap It

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,...

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Learn About McLaren Vale

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 Facts In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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