Kangarilla Road’s Italian accent is even more pronounced with six new release wines.
Winemaker Kevin O’Brien has long held a passion for varieties throughout this European country – from Pinot Grigio, Vermentino and Fiano to Sangiovese, Primitivo, Nebbiolo and Montepulciano; now nurturing them to their full potential in McLaren Vale.
Kevin said “With McLaren Vale’s Mediterranean climate, we’re automatically giving the grapes the right footing to excel; and with care and discipline, the results are incredible. Fortunately there are no rules here, so we’ve been able to take grapes from the very traditional regions within Italy and blend them together without fear of being charged with treason!”
The 2013 vintage has shown itself to be a great season all round, with primary and complex notes coming through on the nose and palate. Heat spikes in January and February caused grape maturity earlier than expected, though the relatively calm season preceding ensured quality was controlled and exceptional flavour developed.
“These whites are fresh and vibrant, yet with layer upon layer of flavour. The Pinot Grigio is smooth and dry with a crisp acidity, while the Duetto is textural and complex. They are two stunning examples of summer drinking wines suited to any palate,” Kevin said.
2013 Kangarilla Road Adelaide Hills Pinot Grigio, RRP $22
Produced from a single vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, this Pinot Grigio is typical of the style with a local twist resultant of the cooler, elevated enivorns of the Woodside district. Pear, honey-suckle and fresh citrus aromas fill the glass, while sweet lemon sherbet, crisp pears and hints of grapefruit oil round out the palate.
2013 Kangarilla Road Duetto, RRP $25
Part crafted in amphorae, this unusual blend of Vermentino and Fiano has intriguing aromas of cassis, cara cara orange and rich honey with subtle herb and mineral notes. Natural fermentation on skins for five weeks added great complexity to the palate which has notes of cranberry and grapefruit with a hint of Campari on the finish.
“Italian varieties are, in my opinion, wonderful exponents of secondary flavours in red wines. In these wines, the unique structural fruit tannins and sweet fruit compounds react perfectly with the palate to produce new flavour complexes to savour,” Kevin said.
“2012 was a great vintage for reds across McLaren Vale. The conditions have lent themselves well to flavour development, where typically lean varieties are showing great characters on the nose and palate.”
2012 Kangarilla Road Terzetto, RRP $25
The Terzetto is a unique blend of three varieties; Sangiovese, Primitivo and Nebbiolo. With flavours ranging from dark cherry, cherry ripe and plum through to herbs, spice and florals, the wine takes your palate on an Italian journey.
Before blending, each variety is aged in older oak for 12 months, adding subtle depth and oak weight.
2012 Kangarilla Road Sangiovese, RRP $25
The Kangarilla Road Sangiovese grapes come from a single bio-dynamically grown vineyard. It expresses an abundance of flavours; from black cherry and spice through to earthy notes. Open oak fermenters and maceration on skins for two weeks post fermentation have produced firm fruit tannins, which harmonise perfectly with the fruit palate.
2012 Kangarilla Road Primitivo, RRP $25
The range of flavours produced in this wine flow from aromas of jubey dark and red fruits with hints of herbal digestives to earth and tobacco, with lively fruit, cinnamon and firm tannins on the palate. The grapes were cold-soaked prior to fermentation extracting maximum flavour and colour into the resulting wine.
2012 Kangarilla Road Montepulciano, RRP $18
A relatively new varietal to Australia, Montepulciano relishes the growing conditions in McLaren Vale. Purple, almost blue hues draw you in with perfumed oranges, sautéed dark, red fruits and strawberries with hints of spice on the nose. Grippy fruit tannins hold the palate while subtle liquorice notes linger.
Kangarilla Road follows bio-dynamic principles in its vineyards, using sustainable practices to craft wines that are true to the vineyards and regions in which they are grown. Wines can be purchased online through www.kangarillaroad.com.au.
Kangarilla Road has national distribution via the Nelson Wine Company (VIC), Bacchus Wine Merchants (ACT, NSW, QLD), Wine Profile (TAS), Terra Wine (WA) and Muster Wine Co (SA).