Saturday, November 1, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Kangarilla Road Shiraz Viognier, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2006 = GOOD VALUE

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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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