2018 Thomas Wines The Dam Block Shiraz

Highly Rated
A plush, vibrant and juicy modern expression of Hunter Shiraz.

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The Dam Block is located just a stone's throw away from the vineyard that produces Thomas Wines' flagship Kiss Shiraz. It's just a tiny little 0.8 hectare block, but it shows similar black fruited goodness with that distinctive savoury edge.

In a way it was made to be the 'little sister' to the Kiss - a little more gentle, typically more medium-bodied, and a little more affordable.

It's still got a lot of bang for its buck, though. Vibrant, aromatic and impeccably balanced, if you're not looking for a kiss, this wine will give you a tight, warm cuddle.

This wine comes from a tiny 0.8 hectare block just across the dam from our flagship Kiss Shiraz. It shows similar dark blue fruits as well as the distinctive savoury texture and al-dente tannins of this pedigree vineyard, but at a slightly more affordable price.

The grapes were hand picked, cold soaked for 48 hours and then fermented on skins for about seven days. The wine was then matured for 15 months exclusively in premium French oak hogsheads of which approximately 25% were new barrels. After bottling, the wine was rested in the cellar for ten months prior to being released.

92 Points - "Deep, bright, youthful purple/red colour, with a very attractive aroma - fresh, clean, ripe and berry-ish, but not simplistic. Blackberry pastilles. Lush fruit on the palate, soft and fine-grained tannins in abundance, the finish easygoing and the wine overall very approachable already. It has enough structure to age well, too." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

95 Points - "A tiny adjacent block to the esteemed 'Kiss' site, this is a sumptuous shiraz. Pulpy, joyous, floral and energetic. Almost ethereal as far as the region goes. The extraction metre is right on the drinkability pulse. Mid to full-weighted, but buoyant and dangerously easy to drink. Iodine, blue fruits and tapenade. This feels anything but heavy. Effortless." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

93 Points - "Slurpy, lush red, fleshy choc-cherry fruits, a touch of rum n raisin, lots of flavour, spice and generosity but still holds in the medium weight zone despite the impact of everything going on. Tannins come in late but are really good, silty, sleek and tighten the wine nicely to a chewy pucker a- walnut paste thing finishes the wine. This is Thommo heartland stuff." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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.

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