Well another week and another winery from the Mclaren Vale region. Travelling around the Mclaren Flat area (taking photos for the blog) it was inevitable that Kangarilla Road Winery was to be called upon. Kangarilla Road Winery is found on the outskirts of Mclaren Flat (see map).
This winery was established by Graham Stevens and called Stevens Cambrai Wines. Regular readers of the Lonely Grape will know that Graham has come out of retirement and established Graham Stevens Wines (which was reviewed in May 2009).
One thing that draws the eye to Kangarilla Road wines is the simple but stylish label of white background with a grey representation of the vine leaf of the appropriate variety. This can be seen below by the signs outside the cellar door.
The cellar door has good vineyard views, room for the kids to run around and outdoor settings under a vine covered pergola. The cellar door area is the domain of 2 winery dogs that are very friendly and welcome any attention they can get from the visitors. They even have the cellar door staff trained as they bark when they want to get inside the building. The Cellar Door is open 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday and 11 am – 5 pm Saturday & Sundays. There is a 7.5% discount for purchases of 6 bottles and 15% discount for purchases of 12 bottles.
Contact Details for the winery are:-
Location is on the corner of Kangarilla Road and Hamilton Roads, Mclaren Flat.
Mail address : PO Box 532
McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171
Phone: +61 8 8383 0533
E-mail : email@example.com
Now for the wines:-
2008 Chardonnay ($A16)
30% of this wine saw french oak for 100 days – thus a lightly wooded chardonnay with a slight hint of a creamy finish.
2007 Viognier ($A20)
30% of this wine saw french oak for 9 months and it shows with a slight hint of apricot followed by a real creamy finish. I could drink lots of this one with freshly shucked Coffin Bay oysters.
2007 Hellbent Shiraz Cabernet ($A10)
This wine was only released a few days ago and is a fruit driven wine (with light oak treatment). This wine represents good value and I expect it to walk out of the door.
2006 Shiraz ($A20)
This wine saw 18 months oak maturation from 2 & 3 year old barrels, with 50% french oak & 50% American oak. This wine is typical of the Mclaren Vale style – lost of spice characters and good balance. I took some of this home with me.
2006 The Devils Whiskers Shiraz ($A30)
This is considered the premium shiraz from Kangarilla Road. It also has a small amount of Viognier added. The wine saw 18 months of new American Oak and the fruit was not dominated by the oak treatment. I would consider this a keeper (the wine maker considers this wine to have a 15 year life).
By the way Devils Whiskers are the lines that form up from the corners of the mouth after drinking quantities of red wine.
2006 Shiraz Viognier ($A30)
This wine had the same oak treatment as the Shiraz above. The Viognier makes up 8% of the volume of the wine and has been co-fermented (ie the shiraz grapes and the viognier grapes were fermented together). This wine has a somewhat harsh finish.
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon ($A19)
Oak treatment as per the shiraz above. The wine has the usual blackberry aromas and on the pallet.
2008 Sangiovese ($A20)
This was the surprise of the wines I tasted at Kangarilla Road. I quite enjoy some of the Sangiovese wines from makers such as Coriole and even the previous vintage from Kangarilla Road. These wine show a real earthiness and are different from the “normal” wines available today. This wine was altogether different! The wine showed fruity characters – cherries and strawberries on both the aroma and the mouth. This would be a great wine to drink with seared duck breasts.
2006 Primitivo ($A20)
This is a Zinfandel wine made in a more European style – lighter than say the Californian style. The wine shows black cherry and spice flavours and would be great with a wood oven fired pizza.
2005 Zinfandel ($A30)
The wine is made from some of the oldest plantings of Zinfandel in Australia. They were planted just after the Cape Mentelle vines (Margaret River region of Western Australia) about 40 years ago. The wine is heavier than the Primitivo (as expected) and has layers of spice and rich berries. Not everybody likes this style but bring on some braised kangaroo and it is a match worth checking out.