This Kangarilla Road The Devil’s Whiskers shiraz has a complex nose that has the benefit of some nice winemaking. Oak adds aromatic lift and spicy complexity here; there’s a little pepper and earth too, plum and licorice very much in the regional stamp. The palate’s rich yet soft, and the oak peeks above the radar here. There’s plenty of sweet spice, decent carry, ripe dark fruits and mocha to close.From the opening whiff through to the finish and aftertaste, the wine rings the bell of McLaren Vale, its black fruits wrapped in Belgian chocolate; while filled with these flavours, high quality oak and supple tannins lend support and structure, and the aftertaste is savoury, not fruit-sweet.
This 2014 Shiraz wine was mostly sourced from two vineyards, one located in the gateway to McLaren Vale together with fruit from Maslin’s Beach (located very close to the Gulf St. Vincent at the south-western end of McLaren Vale). The gateway sourced Shiraz has lovely structure giving solid backbone to the wine with intense mid to back palate presence, the Maslin’s portion contributes chalky tannins and minerality.