This is a cheap and cheerful shiraz from South Australia. Although listing a wine as coming from South Australia is rather general, at least South Australia is a state that contains some major wine growing regions, and it is leaps and bounds ahead of the appalling “south-eastern Australia” that appears on some labels. For overseas readers please understand there is no such place as south-eastern Australia. It is a generalisation that covers the majority of Australia’s wine growing regions and is a non-specific term used for wine of frequently low quality that is often exported.

Back to the Kingston Estate 2001 Shiraz … the colour is dark cherry red, there is spice, berry fruit and sweet vanillin oak on the nose, and palate is spicy with fine-grained tannins, sweet berries and some tobacco.

An easy drink at $A11 a bottle.

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