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 2011 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
A bouquet of dusty earth and pepper/spice savoury aromas, with chocolate and cedar. Full-bodied and solid, tannic and robust, with a big, firm finish that rolls on and on. This is a whopper, with a fruit-sweet core wrapped in dense tannins. Rating 95 Huon Hooke, Drink: 2016 – 2036 Decanter (NOV/2013)
There is simply more of everything in this wine; strong aromas of mocha, fruitcake spice, prunes and black fruits are all on display; with black fruits in abundance and a lingering mocha note on the long unevolved finish. Rating 94 - Drink to 2022 James Halliday, Australian Wine Companionn
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.