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2015 Kangarilla Road Shiraz

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Cracka Rating

RRP $27.01 per bottle

Our Price $23.99

Case Price

$287.88 (12 x 750ml)

cracka review

McLaren Vale makes red wines that are easy to fall in love with and like no other place on the planet. First there is the colour, almost black as the ace of spades followed by lavish fruit. In fact you’d have to look fairly hard to find a region that makes wines more choc-a-block full of ripe fruit flavour.

Kangarilla is a big name out of the Vale. Run by Helen and Kevin O’Brien, making a range of generous wines that never get too big or bold – just hearty and delicious. This is a great example of their style – lashing of dark cherry and blackberry fruit flavour with a little earth and spice finishing luscious and warming. Big, bold and delicious.

expert reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Strong purple -crimson; ticks all the boxes, and then some, for a wine at this price; the regional influence comes through with notes of bitter chocolate and mocha, varietal character courtesy of the rounded blackberry and licorice fruits; oak and tannins are present, but of less importance.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
2019
Australian Wine Companion 2012
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
2018
Australian Wine Companion 2012
89
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Deep purple -crimson; a seriously impressive wine, with blackberry and bitter chocolate fruit underpinned by quality oak, and lingering, ripe tannins. Bargain.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
We haven't looked, but there may well be a picture of the Kangarilla Road Winery under 'reliable' in the dictionary. They almost never make a dud red. OK, so it's rich and port-like and at the upper end in terms of ripeness, but gosh it drinks beautifully. It tastes of licorice and spearmint, vanilla and tar, and it rushes smoothly across your tongue. This is a wine for those who love their reds big - though it's a quality wine in anyone's terms.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Vibrant and full of juicy dark fruits, with a telltale sign of chocolate in the background; always terrific value.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
91
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Powerful, dense and complex full-bodied wine; ripe, almost sweet blackberry fruit (only 14.5° alcohol); good tannins and oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
93
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet has blackberry fruit plus hints of leaf and mint; a medium-bodied palate revolves around blackberry fruit, a repeat of the mint of the bouquet, finishing with fine tannins. Matured for 18 months in American oak barrels of varying age.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
86
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; a powerful bouquet with concentrated blackberry and plum fruit is replicated on the palate; overall has some earthy austerity; subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
87
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium to full red, the purple starting to diminish; strong, dark cherry/berry fruit has splashes of licorice, earth and spice on the bouquet; the expansive palate has abundant ripe, juicy, berry fruit and soft tannins. Fruit, rather than oak, driven.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
90
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is quite complex, with cedar, spice and liquorice, the medium-weight palate moving into sweeter, and perhaps simpler, red berry fruit and nicely restrained oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
85
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; there is an interesting array of aromas, opening with hints of pine needle, then spice, leather and black cherry. The palate is archetypal McLaren Vale, with rich red berry and chocolate flavours flooding the mouth on entry, finishing with soft, almost milky, tannins; lurking somewhere in the wine is an almost subliminal hint of green leaf, a variant of the pine needle on the bouquet.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
89

winemaker's notes

The 2015 Kangarilla Road Shiraz is an aromatic McLaren Vale Shiraz offering delicate floral notes reminiscent of freesias together with enticing sweet red berry conserve and glimpses of geranium. The delicious palate is packed with red currants, black cherries, strawberries flavours, the elegant tannin profile provide support to this delicious drinking Shiraz.

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