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.
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.
Vineyards for this wine are located in South Australia’s Limestone Coast. The highly rated area has a relatively cool climate and is home to Coonawarra, Mount Benson and Padthaway regions, among others.
A crisp, vibrant Chardonnay exhibiting the classic regional qualities and elegant structure typical of the cool climate Limestone Coast. 2020 was a dry and temperate vintage, with complementary cool nights which help concentrate ripe fruit flavours along with balanced acidity.
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.
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 follows with the luscious flavours of plum and vanilla giving the wine a long, lingering finish.
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