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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, licoricy 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

This Shiraz was sourced from a vineyard at Maslin’s Beach (located very close to the Gulf St. Vincent at the south-western end of McLaren Vale) and the foothills at the top of McMurtrie Road. Shiraz from the Maslin’s vineyard shows spicy aromatics and dark berry fruits. The McMurtire Shiraz has lovely structure giving solid backbone to the wine with intense mid to back palate presence. The small portion of Viognier from our McLaren Flat vineyard was co-fermented with the foothills parcel and contributes fine mid palate textures.

Aromas of spicy black currant, dark prune and sweet earth with nuances of eucalypt and sweet floral notes integrated with fine French oak.

Flavours of savoury black currant and rhubarb this wine shows great length and texture with fine fruit tannins complimented with carefully integrated oak.
Drink now – 15 years.

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Kangarilla Road The Devil's Whiskers Shiraz

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; a high-quality McLaren Vale shiraz, replete with layers of black fruits, dark chocolate and licorice, firm but fine and ripe tannins, and all the oak that is necessary.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Slightly more purple to the colour; a very attractive medium- to dull-bodied wine, with more obvious fruit richness (even though the alcohol is lower) than Q, but shares the balance and elegance; full-flavoured plum and black cherry fruit with integrated oak and tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
A concentrated, luscious and deeply-fruited McLaren Vale shiraz that keeps its control and finishes long, linear and structured, with no suggestion of gloopy stewiness.
Wine100, September Edition 2011
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
The elevated purple-crimson colour points to the 4% viognier inclusion, as does the aromatic bouquet; the palate has the dark chocolate and earth of the region, but there is a definite tweak from the viognier.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
While only medium-bodied, this is a very potent wine, with an animated palate demanding attention for its display of savoury black fruits.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009

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