Original tasting and review : This is Kangarilla Road Shiraz Viognier, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2006, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled eight years from vintage date, in November, 2014.
In the glass: Deep muddy magenta and mahogany, opaque from an inch in.
On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows creamy, purple and eucalyptus bold aromas, classic of McLaren Vale shiraz. From the aroma, seems like this will be big, mouth-filling, rich and decadent.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a bit more subtle and refined than anticipated. All the notes are there, but gently supporting a more mineral and sleek backbone. A tiny hint of age showing on the palate, but just enough to give it a patina of maturity. Not surprising at eight years of age. Full blackberry in the mid-palate, leisurely acids and tannins draw to a lengthy finish.
In summary: Overall, rates stars three stars and just touches a plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this just nudge into the class of good values.
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