australian_wine_zonesAustralia 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.

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  • Dowie-Doole-Cabernet-Sauvignon

    Dowie Doole Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

    Deep, rich purple with purple hue. A complex nose of ripe, sweet, dark berries, licorice, black currants and a touch of vanilla and coffee from the oak maturation. The palate is rich and full, with dark berry and blackcurrant character. It has fine tannin finish that will soften further with bottle age.

  • Kingston-Estate-Cabernet-Sauvignon

    Kingston Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

    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.

  • Kingston-Estate-Chardonnay

    Kingston Estate Chardonnay 2021

    A crisp, vibrant Chardonnay exhibiting the classic regional qualities and elegant structure typical of the cool climate Limestone Coast.

  • Kingston-Estate-Shiraz

    Kingston Estate Shiraz 2021

    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.



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