2009 Kangarilla Road McLaren Vale Zinfandel
McLaren Vale experienced cool conditions in December 2008 and most of January 2009 with temperatures only climbing above 30 degrees on three days up until a hot spell in late January. The rest of 2009 summer was relatively mild allowing the fruit to develop with balanced characters. The Zinfandel was fermented in traditional open fermenters with a heading down board system and employing gentle cap management techniques. The wine was fermented to dryness after which it macerated on skins for a further 8 weeks. The pressed wine was aged in a 1 year old French Barriques for 18 months. The 2008 McLaren Vale Zinfandel was sourced from our Estate vineyard in the heart of the McLaren Flat district.
This vineyard is located at the northern part of the foothills or Range and ripens later than many of the other sub-regions resulting in “cooler climate” aromatic dark fruit driven wines with intense mid to back palate presence and an abundance of soft velvety tannins.
Black St. Peters is a curious name thought to be given to Zinfandel during the mid 1800’s where it was sold out of a nursery on Long Island. It’s origins at the time much remained a mystery.
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||Elegant perfumed spices and suggestions of fruitcake on the nose.
||Red cherries, cinnamon and raspberries dance across the palate and persist.
| This wine emulates the Californian style & making a wine of substance & complexity.
Fruit intensity consistent with a cooler region of McLaren Vale.
Aromatic, deeply coloured, deeply fruity and cut through with acidity and a fine, firm backbone of tannin.
Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times 25.05.11.|
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