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Kingston Estate Kingston Vineyard Petit Verdot

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In French it means ‘little green one’, but we rarely see Petit Verdot as a straight variety as it’s commonly blended into Bordeaux style wines, to lend colour and complexity. Bill Moularadellis of Kingston Estate was convinced the variety could prosper in the Australian climate and his vision paid off, as it’s now seen as the benchmark Petit Verdot on the Australian wine scene. This wine is consistently awarded on the wine show circuit with its vibrant nose of violets and raspberry. Juicy berries on the palate aid texture and length while silky tannins and spicy oak complete the picture.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Deep dark crimson with a purple hue.

Nose: Dark ripe berry aromas with pepper spice, a hint of fruitcake and sweet vanillin oak.

Palate: A wonderful full bodied wine with lifted ripe plum and mulberry fruit, dashes of leather and vanillin oak lead to a lingering fruit and spice finish.

Food: This wine has the versatility to complement almost any dining situation. Try with rare beef, duck comfit or as an accompaniment with matured cheddar.

Cellaring: The wine will cellar and develop for 3-4 years.

Alcohol: 14%

Petit Verdot is a unique red variety that thrives in the warmer regions of Australia and in particular the Riverland area of South Australia. Originally from the cool Bordeaux region of France, this late harvest variety (translation ‘the little green one’) struggles to ripen in its homeland. Kingston Estate has extensive plantings of Petit Verdot growing in selected deep sandy soils on limestone adjacent to the winery where the grapes consequently reach full ripeness and intensity.

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Kingston Estate Kingston Vineyard Petit Verdot

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Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2009 Vintage) says
Petit verdot is one of the most under-rated grape varieties in Australia. Which often means that good versions are sold at bargain prices. Yep, this is a good one. It's hearty, robust, smooth on the tongue and well fleshed with flavour. Expect to find notes of blueberry and violets, dust and rich, ripe plums. It's fruity but muscular - and as a drink-now (rather than for cellaring) proposition it's bang-on.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
Peter Forrestal (2008 Vintage) says
A great follow-up to the 2006 for this Riverland petit verdot: wildly floral, nicely concentrated, medium-bodied with redcurrant and blackberry jube flavours, pleasantly gluggable
Quaff 2010 2009
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A full-bodied, fruit-rich wine in a blackberry/blackcurrant spectrum; it only lacks structural complexity, some of which will come with time.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
Bill Moularadellis has been a big promoter of the variety and has planted heaps of it at Kingston-on-Murray in the Riverland. This is sourced from there, Langhorne Creek and the Murray-Darling and is a tremendous full-throttle example of petit verdot at its best: ripe, opulent, deeply concentrated with blackcurrant and mulberry flavours, lavish but balanced oak, lushly textured with substantial fine-knit tannins that are matched by the weight of the fruit. It is vibrant, juicy, powerful and approachable (one of the panel said 'friendly'). I'll drink to that. Quaff on!
Quaff 2009 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
The usual good colour, but unusual fruit sweetness; medium-bodied black plum, blueberry and blackberry; soft tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Quite savoury, lean and long, with a mix of chocolate and slightly earthy tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004

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