By Amy Looker
Kingston Estate Wines has appointed Young and Rashleigh as its distributor in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
According to Kingston Estate's managing director, Bill Moularadellis, the South Australian winery plans to focus on growing the on-premise channel, which was a key consideration when appointing Young and Rashleigh.
"As a family-owned winery, we are looking to develop a long term relationship with like-minded distribution partners. The extremely experienced team at Young and Rashleigh maintain a very high reputation and we are delighted to be partnering with them in this important market," he said.
"Additionally, Young and Rashleigh's commitment to the on-premise category is substantial and we look forward to the New South Wales market being increasingly exposed to Kingston Estate wines at their local café and restaurants."
Kingston Estate recently reached a milestone achievement during the 2013 vintage, processing 100,000 tonnes of grapes.
"It’s a remarkable achievement to crush 100,000 tonnes in a vintage," said Moularadellis.
"This year the natural ripening of the grapes has been very rapid with many varieties maturing at the same time. This required the winery to process in excess of 3000 tonnes per day at the peak of vintage, making this achievement even more significant. It is a credit to our team."
Moularadellis tipped Petit Verdot to be the standout variety of the vintage.
"The 2013 Petit Verdot will be one of our best, with the long dry ripening ensuring a lovely balance of fruit concentration, colour, tannins and acidity."