The state of South Australia once produced close to 75% of all Australian wines in the 1940s and 50s but with the massive country-wide expansion of the industry in the 70s and 80s, now produce just under 50%. The Barossa Valley, just west of Adelaide the state capitol is the industry's historic centre but other regions nearby have also garnered considerable fame: McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, the Clare Valley are the most obvious examples.
Newer, cooler regions such as the Adelaide Hills and the Limestone Coast are growing and gaining fame as well. North of Adelaide, straddling the Murray River, the vast, irrigated plantings of the Riverland produce over 50% of South Australia's crush, and over 30% of the entire Australian production, much of it inexpensive bulk and box wines.
South Australia's fame was once based primarily on Shiraz and Grenache in Barossa and McLaren Vale, and Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the terra rossa limestone soils of Coonawarra but other varietals are beginning to be associated with emerging regions as well: Chardonnay in Padthaway and the Adelaide Hills; Riesling in the Clare and Eden valleys to name just a few.
South Australia, remarkably, is free of the vine scourge Phylloxera and remains vigilant to maintain that extremely fortunate status.
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. 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 follows with the luscious flavours of plum and vanilla giving the wine a long, lingering finish.
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