2018 Thomas Wines Elenay Shiraz

A concentrated and taut Hunter Shiraz that is both vibrant and seductive. A real winner here from Thomas Wines.

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The Elenay Shiraz is one of those wines birthed from a serendipitous event.

Just over 10 years ago, a few barrels of fruit intended for the beloved Kiss Shiraz didn't quite make the cut, and a few barrels from Sweetwater Vineyard didn't really have the usual Sweetwater style.

So Andrew Thomas decided to blend them both together, and the resultant wine was an absolutely exceptional expression of Hunter Shiraz.

They now do an actual barrel selection for the fruit that goes into this wine - the composition might change a little bit year to year, but it's always a stunning release that aims to highlight the use of premium French oak. We're certainly stoked about this happy accident.

Made up of a selection of newer barrels from the Kiss (59%), Sweetwater (26%), and Wills Hill (15%) parcels.

Deep purple-garnet in colour, the wine is vibrantly aromatic in its primary fruit and perfume. It shows great concentration of dark berried fruits, with a taut tannin profile that extends right through the length of the palate. The wine feels svelte in the mouth, tightly wound, and with a decant or time in the glass shows even more of its seductive personality. Definitely slightly overt in the (premium French) oak department, but of course that is the style of Elenay. We have seen how the punchy oak 'folds' into the fruit with time in the cellar.

93 Points - "A blend from the barrels culled from the top single-vineyard expressions. The chaff. And yet! It is this sort of fruit that frequently articulates a region's graces far better than any single site possibly can. Mulberry, blueberry, kelp and clove. A full palate with cheek-pummelling tannins that bely the slick aromas. A bit rough, a little edgy. But nourishing and soulful. Will age well." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

Thomas Wines

Andrew Thomas is one of the modern day legends of the Hunter Valley.

He has made some of the region's greatest wines for over three decades and his personal label is one of the most highly regarded wineries in the region.

His focus is on premium examples of the region's hero varieties: Shiraz and Semillon, and has access to some of the region's best vineyards to craft them.

A mentor to much of the next generation of Hunter producers, if you want to try the essence of the Hunter Valley, Thommo's wines are a must try.

The Thomas Wines Braemore Vineyard Hunter Valley, NSW Thomas Wines

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