Saturday, 30 September 2017
Thomas Wines Dam Block Shiraz 2015
Thommo has standards that he refuses to budge on. The fruit from the Dam Block (0.8 ha) has previously been used for Elenay and Synergy, but this vintage the Dam Block is good enough to stand on its own two feet.
"The fruit comes off young vines," he tells me later in the night. When I quizzed him on the age I chuckled when he said they were thirty years old. Many labels would dream to have vines that age for either a single vineyard wine let alone to blend away. But in all reality, when you compare 30 years to those in the valley decades older, he makes a good point. Regardless, that's what I mean, standards.
A classy debut. Blue fruit with typical Hunter savoury appeal. It's juicy and succulent. Dark fruit through the middle hums along lifting the complexity. Lashings of earth and dusty tannins to finish. I could have happily sat on that wine all night. Top stuff.
Drink now to eight years.
Region: Hunter Valley
Source: Wine Dinner
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