2015 Kingston Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
$17.40 btl / $208.80 cs (case of  12 x 750ml)

Perfect for a gathering with friends or to open after a long day at work, the 2015 Kingston Estate Cabernet Sauvignon embodies accessible luxury that can be enjoyed any night of the week.

Made from carefully selected Coonawarra fruit, this wine is a deep ruby with a bouquet of blackcurrant, cassis and ripe plums along with a hint of spicy oak. Expect a matching palate of elegant full-bodied flavours of blackcurrant, quince and cassis that are enhanced by classic undertones of mint and tobacco characters.

Price: Case of 12 at $208.80 ($17.40 per bottle)

Drink: Enjoy now or cellar for up to 15 years

Food Pairing: Cured Meats, Hard Cheeses, Grilled Steak, Dark Chocolate

To Order call 416-463-4677 or email info@smallwinemakers.ca

Bill Moularadellis emigrated from Greece to Australia in the 1960s and started Kingston Estate in the Riverland district shortly thereafter. Production grew steadily thanks to Bill’s business acumen and keen sense of the wine market. Today, it is the largest family-owned winery in Australia, though most of what they produce is wine for the bulk market, the Riverland being a source of ripe and clean, but not necessarily complex or interesting, fruit.

However, Bill’s activity in the bulk wine market subsidized his passion for premium winemaking, which he undertakes through his small-production Kingston Estate label. Initially, these wines were made from the best grapes grown on the family’s Riverland vineyards, but as he sought to improve quality he began to acquire vineyards in cooler climate areas. The wines began to show increasing complexity and structure and best of all they stayed almost the same price.

The financial crisis of 2008, coupled with a long term increase in the value of the Australian dollar, had a devastating impact on the wine industry in Australia. An industry built on low cost exports to North America had serious existential challenges, and Bill, ever the canny businessman, bought up as much in the well-known Coonawarra region as he could. Coonawarra, located about four hours south of Adelaide, is one of the two best spots for growing Cabernet Sauvignon in Australia (the other being Margaret River).  It is best known for its Terra Rossa soils, an iron-rich clay on limestone base that has particularly good drainage capability. It is a soil that allows Cabernet Sauvignon to express its typical characteristics, albeit in a slightly riper new world style, while providing incredible longevity. It is not unusual for Coonawara Cabernet to last for 20 or 30 years.

The 2015 Kingston Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the first vintage made entirely from Coonawarra fruit and we are excited about the structure, elegance and complexity of this wine. It can be enjoyed now or cellared for the next decade or so.

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