Kangarilla Road from down-under – Review

Kangarila Road winery, located in the McLaren Value appellation of Australia, has been producing wines since it acquired its land back in 1997. Owner, Kevin O’Brien prides himself in producing everyday wines that have a distinct reflection of the down-under attitude, flare and style. 

Priced to be relatively affordable, these wines fall into the $14-25 range, depending on where you buy them, if they’re on sale, etc. They’ve constantly scored into the 90s by both Wine Spectator and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – so some good scores for our brethren from the southern hemisphere.

2005 Chardonnay – W.E.P. Rating: 100%

Technical Data:

  • Blend: 100% Chardonnay
  • Total Acidity: 7.25 g/L
  • Alcohol: 13.5
  • ph: 3.30
  • Residual Sugar: 3.0g/L
  • Bottling Date: August 2005
  • Appellation: McLaren Vale 
  • Price: $18

Nose: Pineapple, coconut, pina-colada, orange zest, kiwi and starfruit. I’m also getting a woody-smell, sort of like misquite wood. 

Taste: Here comes all that tropical fruit and coconut I got on the nose along with an odd, quirky-but-I-dig-on-it pocket lint-laden pineapple tart aftertaste. This is one of the more complex Chardonnay’s I’ve had in awhile – it has so many layers of flavors which present a very unique wine experience. It has so many of the components that I know fans of this grape will enjoy. 

 

2005 Viognier - W.E.P. Rating: 85%

Technical Data: 

  • Blend: 100% Viognier
  • Total: Acidity: 7.15g/L
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • ph: 3.30
  • Residual Sugar: 3.0 g/L
  • Bottling Date: August 2005
  • Appellation: McLaren Vale
  • Price: $18

Nose: Floral-funk, river-rock, hints of apple peel, apritcot and spice. 

Taste: Sharp, intense lemon-peel on the front which is coddled by some nice floral action. A very acidic back-end which makes this wine lend itself to being food-friendly, however, it is a bit too hot for me. 

 

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon - W.E.P. Rating: 80%

Technical Data:

  • Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Alcohol: 14.0 %
  • Total Acidity (G/L): 6.95
  • PH: 3.45
  • Residual Sugar (G/L): 0
  • Bottling Date: May 2007
  • Appellation: McLaren Vale
  • Size: 750 mL
  • Price: $22

Nose: Bright cherry fruit-bomb – along w/ that same dusty funk I got in the white wines. I also get hints of Capt. Crunchberries, red vines, and berry pop-rocks. 

Taste: So the berries on the nose take a nose-dive straight into an asphalt truck while the guys working the paver machine all smoke cigars. Hints of rhubarb, black pepper, cola and spice on the finish which doesn’t last near as long as I like in my cabs.

 

2005 Shiraz - W.E.P. Rating: 120%

  • Blend: 100 % Shiraz
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Total Acidity (G/L): 7.0
  • ph: 3.56
  • Residual Sugar (G/L): 0
  • Bottling Date: January 2006
  • Appellation: McLaren Vale
  • Size: 750 mL
  • Price: $22

Nose: Nice attack of cherri cola, bubble gum, chalk, cocoa, starburst candy and a bit of forest floor. 

Taste: Good amount of bright fruit and dark fruit coming through on the front – cherries, blueberry, I do get quite a bit of attic dust in the mix as well. On the finish, there are lingering blueberries, tobacco and tar. Not a bad effort – but the acidity of this wine will kill it for some folks out there. To me, it has the classic Australian Shiraz profile that I like.

Winery Website: www.kangarillaroad.com.au