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2014 Kangarilla Road Cabernet Sauvignon

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McLaren Vale might be a Shiraz town but the Cabernet Sauvignon is just as tasty. With a freight train of fruit flavours and some tannin structure, this will make it age well. Super tasty. I think I'll get a case for myself.

Winemaker's Notes

The impact of Summer was felt in McLaren Vale in 2014 with two major heatwaves in both January and February testing grapevine tolerance to extreme conditions. Relief came with a major rain event with 40mm falling in 24 hours. This signalled the beginning of a pattern of cooler daytime temperatures which, together with the water that was retained by the vines, had the effect of delaying harvest allowing flavour to balance with sugar ripeness.

The wine was fermented in open fermenters with floating cap and using gentle cap management techniques. The pressed wine was aged in a combination of new French and American oak complemented with an even mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 year old oak.

Immediately the intoxicating fragrance of dark red roses followed by a joyful dance of sweet black berry conserve intermingled with orange blossom and nuances of marjoram.

On the palate the dance continues with lifted bright red berry fruits and hints of spice, menthol notes and a delightful hint of violets. This is all enrobed in a seductive velvety mouthfeel and the gentle persistent tannins carry the flavours seemingly indefinitely.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2014 Kangarilla Road Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

Gary Walsh (2014 Vintage) says
Sweet raspberry, vanilla, spice. Rich, medium to full bodied, sweet and almost apricot flavoured, with fine supple tannin, some toast and earthiness, and a savoury finish sprinkled with dried herb. Crowd friendly.
91
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
90
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
McLaren Vale ranks among Australia’s top handful of regions in the cabernet stakes, and wines like this are evidence that its appeal extends well into the realm of affordable pricing. This is an impressively crafted wine of great fruit concentration of deep black- and redcurrants that score a track through the palate, kept lively thanks to lifted violet perfume, bright acidity and a rigid tannin chassis.
2015 - 2022
Wine Taste Edition 71
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Good hue and depth; strong red-purple; proclaims its varietal foundation from the word go; the medium-bodied palate takes the process one step further, with its sombre blackcurrant fruit and firm but ripe tannins; has considerable length and overall balance.
To 2022
Australian Wine Companion 2013
92
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Age-worth cabernet at a bargain price. A robust wall of firmly structured tannins, with supportive scaffolding of dark chocolate oak, demands at least a decade to reveal a core of vibrant blackcurrant fruit.
Wine100, September Edition
92
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Savoury, brooding black fruits leave no doubt about variety or region, but the elegant, fine tannins on the finish are an unexpected pleasure.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Interestingly, Kangarilla Road is starting to use biodynamic farming techniques in its vineyards. This has a mind of its own, but what a beautiful mind it is. It tastes of raisins and licorice and roasted nuts, and once you've swallowed it a wave of clovey, sawdusty, toasty flavour washes around your mouth. It's a big wine, but it maintains a sense of control - and, of course, keeps the yum factor high. Quite delicious. Excellent tannin structure too.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Immediately proclaims its regional origin with dark chocolate overtones to quite luscious black and redcurrant fruit; lovely mouthfeel; great value.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
Flavour is never in question with Kangarilla Road - the wines are always high flavour, and usually high alcohol too. The prices are at times extraordinarily low. 2006 RELEASE It's a big, sweet red, no if s or buts. Dark, tarry, licoricey and raspberried, the flavour of it strong, the sweet smooth deliciousness of it obvious. Massively easy to drink. DRINK 2008-2014.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A curious mix of tea leaf and black fruit aromas, although the palate is less quixotic, offering classic blackcurrant, earth and bitter chocolate flavours running through to a long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Comes alive on a rich palate with chocolate, cassis, blackcurrant and soft tannins; subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Clean, fresh, sweet raspberry and blackcurrant aromas and flavours; light to medium-bodied, and not over-extracted. Good value.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
88
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red, with just a touch of purple; the bouquet is clean, moderately intense, with nicely weighted sweet berry fruit; the palate offers similar straightforward, no tricks, cabernet fruit, the oak all but imperceptible.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
83

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