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2013 Kangarilla Road The Devil's Whiskers' Shiraz

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The devil's whiskers are apparently the two small red marks that adorn the top lip of some people when they drink red wine. So if you are feeling devilish, wrap your lips around this Shiraz from Kangarilla Road. Dark fruits are a feature of this wine from its fruit to its chocolate characters. The palate is luscious, licoricey and long with fine tannins, a nice lick of cedary oak, and a dry, savoury finish. It needs a lovely slice of rare beef to wrestle with, and will kick on for another decade.

Winemaker's Notes

The Devil’s Whiskers are the two little marks that appear around the top lips of some people when they drink red wine – even just one glass.

Winter rains during 2012 set up our subsoils perfectly with some of the highest levels of moisture seen in recent years. Summer arrived a little late and the vine canopies were in perfect shape for the little burst of heat we received during January. The 2013 McLaren Vale vintage yielded awesome quality, with weather conditions during February and March perfect cool nights and warm days ideal for ripening.

This Shiraz was fermented in an open fermenter with floating cap management with four cap turnovers per day. The wine was gently pressed at dryness and aged for 18 months in new French oak barriques.

This Shiraz was mostly sourced from two vineyards, one located in the gateway to McLaren Vale together with fruit from Maslin’s Beach (located very close to the Gulf St. Vincent at the south-western end of McLaren Vale). The gateway sourced Shiraz has lovely structure giving solid backbone to the wine with intense mid to back palate presence, the Maslin's portion contributes chalky tannins and minerality.

On the nose dark rich berries and slightly smoky notes intermingle with cassis and hints of dark chocolate and warm spice.

Immediately on the palate there is dense berry fruit together with satsuma plums and nuances of strawberries. The very structural fruit tannins and the oak tannins from French Barriques carry this fruit to a long finish.

Drink now – 15 years

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2013 Kangarilla Road The Devil's Whiskers' Shiraz

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
From the opening whiff through to the finish and aftertaste, the wine rings the bell of McLaren Vale, its black fruits wrapped in Belgian chocolate; while filled with these flavours, high quality oak and supple tannins lend support and structure, and the aftertaste is savoury, not fruit-sweet.
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