Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Thomas Wines DJV Shiraz 2013
Much leaner than its siblings, there's a very good reason for this. Weighing in at 12.8% alcohol, the Shiraz is co-fermented with 11% Semillon verjuice. Deliberately made to be more of a food friendly wine, the verjuice (15g/L acid) brings a brightness to the wine whilst also adding some phenolics.
Bright red fruits with hints of rhubarb, there's a steminess about it courtesy of one third whole bunches. But this character fades with time in the glass.
The fruit is super smooth, there's a dash of pepper and a baking type spice bobs up. Hunter earth slowly reveals itself. The acid is alive. Crunchy even - thank the Semillon for that. Puckering tannins see out the ride home which just sits long. Real long. A sign of quality right there.
Drink now to eight years. A Pinot fan's type of Shiraz. Where's the duck?
Region: Hunter Valley
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