Australia is the world's sixth largest producer of wine and the fourth largest exporter. Grape vines first came to Australia with the first fleet settlement in 1788, but serious vine cultivation really began in the Hunter Valley in about 1828. By 1850, commercial viticulture was practiced in all states.
Though known largely for full-throttled, ultra-ripe Shiraz, Australia grows more than 100 varieties with significant new plantings of "Mediterranean varieties" in order to capitalize on the country's hot, dry climate. The country also has a significant number of cooler climate regions, either because of proximity to the sea or higher elevation, which are known for producing wines of structure and elegance that can age gracefully for years. There are also such specialties as Hunter Valley Semillon, Clare Valley Riesling, Tasmanian Pinot Noir and Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon to name a few. Australia is a dynamic and exciting wine producing country that belies simple classification.
B.F.G. (Big Friendly Grenache) is sourced from Dowie Doole’s oldest bush vine Grenache planted in 1965. The block is located at their Cali Rd Vineyard in the sub-region of Tatachilla. The wine is crafted using the gentlest handling possible, de-stemmed not crushed, open fermented using only hand plunging. The maturation in oak is kept short and only old oak is used to preserve the characteristic natural perfume of delicate fruits and delicate palate of the Grenache varietal.
A lifted bouquet expressing hallmark Grenache characters; strawberry, raspberry and boiled lollies. The palate shows the crunchy red fruit with a gentle tannin line adding length.
Winemaker Chris Thomas (C.T.) selected his favourite barrels to produce this elegant Shiraz. Fruit is a blend of the two estate terroirs of Dowie Doole; the sandy soils of Blewitt Springs and the ancient rocks of Tatachilla. This Shiraz is matured for 24 months in second year or older French (80%) & American (20%) hogshead oak barrels.
This is a blend of various vintages. The base is made from Shiraz wines from 1995 – 2012 vintages. These wines have been used like a solera system with a portion of the older material used in the blend to give the wine depth and wonderful richness on the palate. To increase the complexity of this sparkling shiraz a base wine blend is kept from vintages as far back as 1996. This base is stored in old oak hogsheads on a bed of Chenin Blanc yeast lees to aid mouth-feel.
As one of Australia’s oldest wine producing regions, the Clare Valley with its warm days and cooling afternoon and night breezes, is synonymous for producing slow ripening complex wines. A fine, deep red wine with aromas of blackcurrant fruits, complemented by herbaceous mint and layers of toasty oak. The palate abounds with ripe dark fruits, lifted spice and firm tannins.
Black cherries and vanilla with liquorice and spice on the nose. Velvety tannins and hints of dark chocolate give way to a harmonious palate of rich berry fruits and pepper with a lingering and refined finish.
Kingston Estate’s premium “Empiric” Single Vineyard Shiraz showcases a wine that is a true representation of Australia’s most famous and illustrious wine region – Barossa Valley. Hand selected parcels within the vineyard produce a wine of exceptional quality. Empiric is a natural expression of the soil and micro-climate in which the grapes are grown.
Clare Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine producing areas. The unique combination of geography, geology and climate is synonymous for producing high quality wines. The 2019 vintage was dominated by drought conditions, resulting in early ripening of high quality fruit.
Now sourced exclusively from Kingston Estate’s vineyard in Clare Valley, this wine is superb. Clare Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine producing areas. The Clare’s combination of geography, geology and climate is synonymous for producing high quality wines. The 2019 vintage finished with smaller berry size and lighter crops as a result of lower than average rainfall.
Medium/dark red with a vibrant purple hue. The nose has a lifted bouquet with the Shiraz fruit expressing hints of plum, clove and pepper. Notes of vanilla and mocha have been added from the use of oak. On the palate the fruit from the nose folows with the luscious flavours of plum and vanilla giving the wine a long,
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