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Wine 6: Kangarilla Road Cabernet Sauvignon

  • The McLaren Vale wine region has soil types from sand to clay to limestone.
  • McLaren Vale became the model of the small winery before such enterprises became fashionable in other states.
  • It remains one of the most richly varied and highly developed areas in Australia, producing intensely flavoured and coloured red wines and similarly powerful whites.
  • Kangarilla Road was established by Helen and Kevin O’Brien in 1997.
  • This vineyard and winery offers us 30 acres of mature vines that contribute rich fruit characters so typical of McLaren Vale.
  • Kangarilla Road is the main road running past the vineyard towards the small village of Kangarilla.
  • The name comes from the Aboriginal language and refers to the “abundance of resources locally.”
  • The 2008 vintage was a challenging one with the continuance of Australia’s worst drought in recent history.
  • The wine benefited from cooler climatic conditions early in the season and a canopy structure that allowed it to survive the late spell of heat.
  • The wine was aged in a combination of new French and American oak.
  • Tasting note: Deep purple in colour. A spicy and multi-layed herbaceous nose with hints of sweet rhubarb and dark berries. An intense velvety palate showing plums, blackcurrants and dates with nuances of cinnamon, coffee and dark chocolate and fine chalky tannins.
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