2007 Kangarilla Road Cabernet Sauvignon

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

Vintage: 2007
Producer: Kangarilla Road
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Designation: N/A
Region: Australia
Sub-region: McLaren Vale, Fleurieu, South Australia
ABV: 14.5%
Price: $24 (BC LDB), $24 (EW)

He says: It’s a rare thing to drink an Aussie wine and think, “what happened to the fruit?”. After further research, it was reassuring to our palates to find out that 2007 was a bad year for McLaren Vale: conditions were too dry to fully ripen the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. This bottle is a prime example of an underipe harvest – too tart, aggressive tannins, not enough intensity or length, and almost the opposite characteristics of what you’d expect from this grape. Avoid.

She says: A disappointing example of McLaren Vale.  The tart, green herbaceous flavours became more overt rather than softening as you drank.  The ripeness of the 2007 McLaren vintage was questionable and it shows in this wine.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med+ ruby
Smells like: Clean, youthful, med intensity, blueberry, blackcurrant, baked sweet fruit
Tastes like: Dry, med+ acid, med+ body, med+ tannins (mouth drying definitely), med intensity, med alcohol, black fruits, cassis, overly tart, green & herbaceous, very little overt oak influence, med length

Summary: Acceptable, At peak drink soon

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★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.