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.
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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... more
100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
This wine is deep purple in color and consists of a spicy and multilayered
herbaceous nose with hints of sweet rhubarb and dark berries.
The intense, velvety palate shows plums, blackcurrants and
dates with nuances of cinnamon, coffee and dark chocolate and... more
The 2007 Cabernet was sourced from five vineyards in the McLaren Vale district.
The major percentage is from our McLaren Flat vineyard together with that of our immediate neighbor. These vineyards, located at the northern part of the foothills, ripen later than many of the other subregions... more
Aromas of spicy dark cherries, cassis and plums followed by a savory
mix of earthy red and dark berry fruits on the mid and backpalate
with hints of mocha. They all combine beautifully with the
abundance of soft tannins and integrated oak. more
A blend of 92% Shiraz and 8% Viognier.
Aromas of spicy black fruits, with complex citrus notes of orange followed by a driving mix of savory mouth filling layers of spicy dark berry fruits. This wine is full and textured with wonderful integrated oak all combining beautifully with an abundance of... more
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 more
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. more
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... more
Color: Light straw with green hues
Bouquet: Lively aromas of fresh apricots, lime/citrus conserve coupled with hints of orange blossom.
Palate: Mouth-filling sweet zesty citrus flavors, combined with subtle honeysuckle, fresh acidity and integrated oak. Enjoy now and for the next 5 years. more
Aromas of dark berries combine with hints of paprika and earthy richness. The palate is full of rich, dark savory fruit, leaving trails of dark chocolate, cherries and a sweet tannin finish. As vintages go, this will be remembered as one of the truly great ones. more