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Kingston Estate Merlot

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Kingston Estate Merlot

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James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
87
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2009 Vintage) says
One of the quirks of Australian wine is that the wine critics generally think Aussie merlot is a great underperformer ... and yet many drinkers reckon it's their most preferred variety. We keep searching Ä Carbon copy of the 2008 release. Dry, spicy, blueberried flavours with an attractively soft texture. Well made and easy to quaff.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
86
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Light, bright colour; lively, fresh cassis-accented fruits, and a well-balanced finish. Simple but enjoyable.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
87
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
One of the quirks of Australian wine is that the wine critics generally think Aussie merlot is a great underperformer ... and yet many drinkers reckon it's their most preferred variety. We keep searching Ä It's perfectly acceptable. It tastes of blueberry and woody, briary notes, the mix of sweet ripe-fruit flavour and slightly underdone notes just working. You could drink this without a worry, and it doesn't stop short - as you swallow it, it feels pretty satisfying. But we'd love an inch more concentration, in terms of flavour.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
86
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Unusually clear varietal characters at this price point, courtesy of an olivaceous twist on the finish of the extended palate. Great value.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
88
Peter Forrestal (2004 Vintage) says
I like its initial softness and clear plummy flavours but find its acidity on the finish a bit strong.
Quaff 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied; blackcurrant and a touch of black olive; good oak/tannins. Value.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
88
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
85
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2002 Vintage) says
This Riverland producer continues the good form it showed in last year's Quaff and with its merlot for the past two years. The 2002 Kingston merlot has benefited from the inclusion of fruit from the Adelaide Hills and Langhorne Creek and has greater depth of flavour and more complexity. It has positive dark berry fruit flavours, a velvety texture and slightly grippy tannins.
Quaff 2004 2003
Ken Gargett (2002 Vintage) says
They used to market this as the wine that allowed you to 'bend the rules', which meant it was a red wine you could drink with fish or some other out-there type of food. My thinking is: who in their right mind would care? There are already quite enough rules on this earth without applying them at the dinner table. So this plummy, soft merlot can be drunk with whatever the bloody hell you likeÑchocolate cake, kebabs of artichoke pureeÑgo for broke.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2004 2004
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; distinctly tangy lemon and olive varietal aromas lead into a light to medium-bodied palate with a similar flavour spectrum, savoury and verging on green. Better this than varietal neutrality. Well priced.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
85
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light to medium red; the bouquet is clean, relatively light, with hints of savoury and sweet leather; has pleasant, softly ripe, light berry fruit, and happily restrained oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
80

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