Kangarilla Road Chardonnay 2010 McLaren Vale, Australia

Country / Region : McLaren Vale, Australia

Year : 2010

Grape Variety : Chardonnay

Style : Full, Zesty White

ABV : 12.5%

Drink By : 2015

Price : €16 to €18 RRP

The Winemakers

Kangarilla Road Vineyard & Winery is based in McLaren Vale South Australia. It was established by Helen and Kevin O’Brien in 1997. Kangarilla Road is the main road running past the vineyard towards the small village of Kangarilla, the name a derivation of the Australian Aboriginal language and refers to the abundance of resources locally. Our long, dry growing season can often become an “Indian Summer” allowing us to create Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay rich in fruity aromas and flavours and balanced nicely in the reds with soft approachable tannins.

Kevin O’Brien is an oenologist with 20 years experience in the wine industry. Helen O’Brien brings flair to Kangarilla Road and has extensive experience in the public relations, promotions and fashion industries.

Our philosophy is really quite simple – to produce wines that we enjoy drinking – wines that can be enjoyed with or without food and with friends.

The Wine

Our Chardonnay is a fresh citrus driven style complemented by the light use of oak with 30% of the wine fermented in new French oak Barriques. This wine was matured for around 100 days in oak with daily barrel stirring. The oak component is unobtrusive yet critical to the overall aroma and flavour texture.

Pale light straw with green hues. Fragrant orange blossom and aromatic limes jump from the glass. Lively citrus and green apple and a creamy mid palate. A long finish reminiscent of lemon sorbet. This is an elegant style displaying tight acidity, great length of flavour together with integrated mid palate texture coming from the use of oak. This wine is to be enjoyed over the next 12 months and will continue to reward for the next 3 – 5 years. Ideal with salads, chicken, cheeses.The 2010 vintage is regarded as being the best since 2006 !

2008 Robert Parker (88 pts)

2008 James Halliday (88 pts)

2008 The Wine Gang (87 pts)

2006 Wine Spectator (89 pts)

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