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The Wines at Kyotmunga Estate

There are approximately six acres under vines, with most of them planted with Shiraz. Other varieties, including Grenache, Barbera, Taminga and Chenin Blanc are also offered for tasting. The first planting was in 1997, with progressive planting over the next three years.

Kyotmunga’s Shiraz is a full-bodied wine which has a deep red hue with rich berry flavours. The use of oak adds to the structure and complexity of the wine and will ensure that it improves with age.

The Grenache grape variety was chosen by Kyotmunga as it resists heat and tolerates limited rainfall. It is a sweet grape and is one of the most widely planted in the world. Wines made from Grenache are usually light in colour and are often made of blends with other grape varieties; it is used almost exclusively in some regions as a blending grape for Rosé wines. In Spain, the variety is known as Garnacha Tinta. Grenache is not known for producing wines that age well over a long period and are best consumed when they are young.

Taminga was also chosen because it is suited to hot climates. It is a high yielding (40t/ha), late-ripening white wine variety that was bred by the CSIRO in the Hunter Valley by cross breeding Planta Pedralba (Farana) x Sultana and Traminer. The juice has low pH and high acidity and the wines have a distinctive aromatic bouquet.

         

To date, only varietal red wines are offered, but there is now a Port available and a sparkling Shiraz.

The wine has been made on site since 2003 and the owners are happy to discuss the process of wine making with visitors.

Orders can be delivered free of charge in the metropolitan area.