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2005 Kangarilla Road Shiraz Viognier

The 2005 vintage followed good soaking rains during the prior 2004 winter. The gentle Spring yielded excellent bud burst and early shoot growth with the resultant full canopies creating optimum ripening conditions. The summer of 2005 gave us mild daytime temperatures and typical cool nights. The resultant wines show intense fruit and excellent balancing acidity. As far as odd vintage years go 2005 will be remembered as one of the truly great ones.

The Shiraz (92%) and Viognier (8%) grapes were co-fermented in an open fermenter with heading down cap management and four cap treatments per day. The wine was gently pressed at dryness and aged for 14 months in new French oak Barriques.

The Shiraz component of our 2005 Shiraz Viognier was sourced from the “sub-region” of Sellicks which is located very close to the Gulf St. Vincent at the south-western end of McLaren Vale, and coincidently the same vineyard used in our 2003 Shiraz Viognier. Here Shiraz ripens quite early due to the harsh windy conditions and shallow soils. Shiraz from this vineyard shows spicy aromatics, dark berry driven wines with intense mid to back palate presence and an abundance of soft velvety tannins. The Viognier is from our McLaren Flat vineyard and produces lively lifted aromatics of light citrus conserve with great mid palate texture.

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Colour: Deep red with purple hues
Bouquet: Aromas of spicy mulberry conserve with complex glacéd citrus notes of orange followed by a driving mix of savoury black and red berry fruits.
Palate: The palate is full and textured with a wonderful explosion of spicy dark fruits, dried citrus zest, integrated oak all combining beautifully with an abundance of soft sweet tannins.
Alcohol: 15%
pH: 3.55
TA: 7.0


Publication: Wine Advocate
Reviewer: Robert Parker
The 2005 Shiraz/Viognier (92% and 8% respectively) was aged 14 months in primarily new French oak. It exhibits an attractive pain grille character intermixed with blackberries, camphor, violets, and bacon fat. This dense ruby/purple-hued, full-bodied, opulent, rich, fleshy wine should drink well for 8-10 years.
Publication: Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2007
Reviewer: Stuart Gregor
My love affair with Kangarilla Road continues. In the first edition of this book (this is the sixth- what, you never bought one before?) I wrote that 'Kangarilla Road has only been around a few vintages but every one of their wines has been impressive from debut.' Well five years on I have nothing more to say- the wines are getting better and this Shiraz/Viognier might be the best red I've had from them since the start.
Publication: Australian/New Zealand Wine Industry Journal
The nose of plum, licorice, Christmas cake, and white aromatics impressed all three tasters. The palate has a zesty, fine tannin profile with an abundance of flavour and length. A sudden impact of oak adds complexity and interest. Unanimously decided as the wine of the tasting.

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