2006 Kangarilla Road Shiraz viognier (McClaren Vale)
Accompanied: Grilled chicken (balsamic) , zuchini salted / grilled, salad
Sealed: Screw cap
Tasted: August 23, 2009
We have taken an outstanding parcel of old vine Shiraz and co-fermented it with a small percentage of estate grown Viognier to make this wine. Viognier creates amazing changes in the Shiraz enhancing the colour, lifting and increasing the aromatics of the wine and adding complexity and length. The label shows a hand drawing highlighting the features of the dominant variety, Shiraz. This is a special late harvested wine.
Rating: Very Satisfied
If you are into new world style, very fruit forward, strong oak and high abv, this bottle will please. I don’t want to suggest it is just a simple wine without character. In fact, it is a medium complexity wine with good aromatics (thanks to the co-fermentation of the Viognier and Shiraz), very nice integrated fruit, and overall a nice wine. However, as stated above, not for those that are exclusively into old world styles since the abundant fruit and high alcohol would be a turnoff.
Certainly recommended for those that like new world styles and lots of fruit and body.