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2018 Thomas Wines Sweetwater Shiraz

Hunter Valley, NSW

A beautifully balanced, medium-bodied, contemporary Hunter Shiraz from this modern icon producer.

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$35.00

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This to me is just beautiful modern Hunter, all about brightness, purity and vibrancy.

Andrew Thomas

About The Wine

Another outstanding member of Andrew Thomas' stunning suite of Hunter Valley Shiraz here.

The Sweetwater vineyard is situated in the northern end of the Lower Hunter, with its red/brown loamy soils over limestone giving this wine its distinctly floral aromatics.  Some whole bunch too for extra spice and funk!

A beautifully balanced, medium-bodied, contemporary Hunter Shiraz from this modern icon producer.

About Thomas Wines

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

He has made some of the regions 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.

Hunter legend, Andrew Thomas
Hunter legend, Andrew Thomas
Hunter Valley, NSW
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From The Producer

A Hunter Valley Shiraz, hailing from an individual vineyard located at Sweetwater Ridge in the northern (Belford) end of the Lower Hunter Valley. Planted in 1998, the red/brown loamy soils over limestone are what give this wine its distinctive floral lift and character. The vineyard was relatively vigorous in the early days, but has settled into a well balanced crop level of around 3-5 tonnes per hectare now the vines are getting some age, which ensures even ripening and produces wonderfully concentrated fruit.

Harvested in two parcels on the 28th of January and 3rd of February, the fruit was fully ripe and in excellent condition. The fermentation was allowed to get quite warm at the start and then cooled towards the finish to ensure we achieved the right tannin structure and maximum colour extraction. The inclusion of 10% whole bunches into the fermentation has added a subliminal stalky complexity. Matured in premium French oak (300L) hogsheads, of which approximately 20% were new barrels. The 2018 Sweetwater Shiraz was bottled in January 2019 which is about 5 months earlier than usual.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 13.70%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2032
Bottle Size : 750ml

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Critic Reviews

96Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"The lightest shade of these single site propositions. Definitively medium-bodied. Cherry Ripe. Succulent. Violet and salumi, too. The acidity melded with a well proportioned swathe of tannin. Beautifully. Long and effortless. This is the wine I would opt for most of all. At least for now. A succulence of fruit; a curb of tannin and juicy thoroughbred acidity." - Ned Goodwin (Halliday Wine Companion)

93Points
The Wine Front

"It’s well powered in Hunter terms but its quality is in its elegance, balance and length. It’s finely stitched. It’s a meaty, smoky, spicy shiraz with cherry-plum, aniseed, hay and sweet cedar wood characters flowing persuasively through. It’ll age a treat." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

DDS review

"From an outstanding Hunter Valley vintage, the 2018 Sweetwater Shiraz is true to form with its distinctive floral notes of violets and potpourri, within a perfumed red and blue fruited frame, and a lengthy, supple tannin profile. The deliciously intense mid-palate provides some awesome current drinking appeal, but will also reward some patient cellaring. Definitely a favourite at our cellar door...." - Thomas Wines

DDS review

Trophy for Best Red Wine of the Show - 2019 Hunter Valley Boutique Wine Show

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full bodied in classic hunter style. Drinking well now, but will improve with age.

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