Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Thomas Wines Kiss Shiraz 2014

As Andrew Thomas says, "If you can't make a good wine in a year like 2014, you might as well give it away." Thommo need not consider pulling the plug just yet either as he has smashed this outta the park. Generous, soft, engaging were the words which immediately sprung to mind to describe this new release.

Not only is Thommo a great winemaker, he's not one to profiteer when the going is good. Sure the Hunter has seen an exceptional year in 2014, but many have taken to opportunity to release wines at deliberately spiked price points to make the most of it. The Kiss Shiraz, the flagship of the Andrew Thomas range, hasn't seen a price increase for four years. Respect.

Oceans of pleasure are delivered here sitting on the heavier side of medium bodied. Violets, red and blue fruits, a kick of earth, a smidge of cedary oak and an intriguing Caramelo Koala like presence courtesy of the oak too. Baking spices roll through with ease forging a neat passage for some gentle pepper. The oak regime for this wine has been paired back in recent years and that is clear here. Whilst it is noticeable it's by no means obtrusive or overpowering.

To get the best of it, let sit for another couple of years and it will easily cellar for ten years plus.


Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $70
Source: Sample


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