The McLaren Vale Scarce Earth Project is designed to celebrate and understand some of the region’s best Shiraz vineyards. Each of the resultant wines involved has its own particular identity. The 2010 Scarce Earth Project wines have been through 3 separate tasting panels to ensure that they reflect their sense of place with minimal winemaking intervention.
The vineyard Kangarilla Road has chosen for their Scarce Earth Project Shiraz is within view of Maslin Beach and it’s geology is from the Eocene (34-56 million years ago) and is on Blanche Point Formation which is a marine fossil rich calcareous siltstone/limestone.
Whilst the vineyard is close to the sea, the vines are reasonably protected by sandhills and vegetation but there is still a level of stress for the vines in their quest for water which in turn adds to the quality of the fruit.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
Full crimson-purple; the vines are grown on the grey and red mottled alluvial soil of Maslin Beach; the wine has exceptional elegance and balance, with spice and licorice nuances of a different tone to the other very good Kangarilla shirazs from this vintage; the finish is long, the balance impeccable. Rating 95 - Drink by 2030 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2012)
This is a McLaren Vale shiraz of potent intensity and powerful fruit, with a particulary dark, impenetrable black hue and vibrant purple rim. A dense slick of liquorice and black fruits of all kinds drive long into a honed finish, toned refreshing with piquant acidity and firm, finely textured tannins. Rating 92 - Drink 2020 - 2025 Tyson Stelzer
Winery Tasting Notes
The wine itself has an amazing deep colour with purple/blue hues.
There are aromas and flavours of chocolate, earth and dark rich berry fruit of the forest that wrap around an amazing structure integrating fine French oak.
What we believe is fascinating and perhaps the influence of the geology on the wine, are the subtle minerality and slight iodine notes
that are found hidden within the palate.