The Islander Bark Hut Road 2019




This mixed marriage between Bordeaux and Rhône varietals is full and deep in colour, with a rich inviting nose of vanilla, plums, violets, capsicum and spice with hints of quality French oak. It is soft in texture, smooth and rounded in the mouth with a lovely cleansing acidity, sweet black fruits and mouth-coating chocolate flavours cut through by tart redcurrant and juicy raspberry.

The island estate-grown Cabernet Franc and Shiraz are aged separately for 18 months in a mix of new and old French oak barrels before the best barrels were chosen for the final blend.

Perfect with a giant steak sandwich with lashings of fried onions and pepper sauce!


  • Rich, smooth, savoury
  • 750ml
  • 14% Alcohol
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Producer: The Islander Estate Vineyards

Australia’s third largest island, Kangaroo Island, is an island of immense natural beauty with a great array of wildlife including the native kangaroo, wallabies, penguins, mighty wedge-tailed eagles, platypus and koalas.

The 300 hectare Islander Estate, which was established by Bordeaux winemaker Jacques Lurton in 2000, sits near Parndana in the Heartland district and was selected by the Frenchman when visiting in 1997 due to its desirable combination of heritage agricultural and vineyard potential and north facing slopes. Three years later his dream was realised with the planting of an 11 hectare vineyard with varieties Jacques had enjoyed working with around the world — Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Sangiovese, Shiraz, Grenache, Viognier and Semillon.

Rated as a 5-star “outstanding” winery by Australia’s pre-eminent wine critic James Halliday, the estate boasts state of the art winemaking equipment, most of which was shipped from France including a modern 70 tonne winery with a winning combination of large wooden vats and smaller French barriques for ageing. Whilst he considers the soils to be quite similar to those of Fitou in Languedoc-Roussillon, Southern France, Jacques found an immense amount of variation in terroir with respect to soils, rainfall, aspect and winemaking style, all of which influenced the resulting wine.

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