The vintage, declared to be “exceptional”, follows hot on the heels of the “excellent” 2017 vintage. We experienced another warm and dry vintage in 2018 with the ongoing drought resulting in slightly lower yields, and extremely high fruit quality.
Across the Hunter most of the vineyards had relatively small berries with fantastic depth of colour and incredible intensity/concentration of fruit. The stylistic diversity between our single vineyard wines in the 2018 range is more evident than ever, providing a wonderful insight into the nuances that exist between the different soil types of the Hunter Valley.
The full range of Thomas Wines 2018 Shiraz include the following wines
• 2018 Synergy Shiraz
• 2018 Two of a Kind Shiraz
• 2018 DJV Shiraz
• 2018 Sweetwater Shiraz
• 2018 The Cote Shiraz
• 2018 Dam Block Shiraz
• 2018 Belford Shiraz
And the iconic 2018 Kiss Shiraz.
The wines have been very well received to date with much debate over which vintage is best….. the 2014, 2017 or 2018.
You've purchased your Wineflix + Chill Wines and now it's time to sit back and join Thommo for a Virtual tasting. Just click on the image below.
If you haven't purchased our Wineflix + Chill Pack you can still join the link to hear Thommo as he discusses Thomas Wines Synergy Semillon, Braemore Semillon and Sweetwater Shiraz. If they all sound delicious you can buy a pack by clicking here.
No strangers to doing things differently, these three likeable Hunter Valley winemakers are set to enliven the lounge rooms of self-isolaters over the autumn months, providing not only 18 bottles of the Hunter’s finest, incredible value, but more than an hours-worth of entertainment in times of lockdown.
Take Mike De Iuliis, Andrew Thomas and David Hook; three of the Hunter’s most notable winemakers, put them in front of a camera, and lights-camera-action, we have what they are loosely calling a ‘Virtual Wine Tasting’. Yep, they are all the rage. But as always, these guys like to do things differently.
This 18-bottle bundle contains 6 bottles from each of the 3 lads; famed Hunter Valley Semillon and Shiraz from Andrew “Thommo” Thomas, to Hooky’s infamous Italian varietals, plus Rose, Chardonnay and more from De Iuliis.
As quick as you can say abracadabra, as your wine arrives, you’ll be sent a link to where the magic happens. Each have created a 15 minute light-hearted, yet super informative tutored tasting of the wines contained in your pack, open your three bottles with your house mate, settle back and be entertained. Save the other 3 for when this forced isolation is lifted, show off to your mates at your next House Party, or try them again the next night (or day!) – the choice is yours.
The best thing about these guys apart from their ability to make some of the country’s best booze, is that none are afraid of the camera, and almost certainly makes for an hour more enjoyable than Netflix as it requires wine…
Your $399 investment will return you more than $550 worth of value, delivered conveniently and safely to your door and guaranteeing you hours of fun.
You can choose just to take Thommo’s Wineflix pack containing 2 bottles of each of his current favourite three Thomas Wines valued at over $180, for $150 delivered to your door.
WHAT WE ARE DOING RE: COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS
We are committed to delivering and maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene in our cellar door.
For the protection & health of our visitors & staff, additional preventative measures have been put in place as follows:
• LIMITED CAPACITY - no more than 15 guests at any one time allowing the recommended ‘social distancing’.
• ADDITIONAL CLEANING - all tables and surfaces are wiped down with sanitising spray between groups.
• SINGLE USE TASTING SHEETS - Replaced after every use. Please feel free to take yours with you.
• TAP & CARD PAYMENT ONLY We ask that you pay by tap and pay card, as we are not taking cash payments for now.
Our team is aware of the importance of monitoring their own health and staying away if they show any signs of illness. We ask that you respect the health of our team, and others, and stay away if you show any cold or flu like symptoms.
If you are well and haven’t been in recent contact with anyone who has the virus, please come in, we’d love to see you.
HOME DELIVERY AVAILABLE
We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you updated with any changes to trading.
Stay healthy & cheers!
The Thomas Wines Team
THE EXCEPTIONAL 2018 SHIRAZ RELEASE TOUR DINNER DATES
Tuesday 21st April - Mode Restaurant & Bar- Sydney
Wednesday 22 April - Juliet - Melbourne
Thursday 23rd April - The Flotilla - Newcastle
Wednesday 29 April - Pilu at Freshwater - Sydney
Thursday 30 April - Blackbird Restaurant - Brisbane
Saturday 2nd May - Release Lunch - Yellow Billy Restaurant - Pokolbin
The range of Thomas Wines 2018 Hunter Valley Shiraz will be expertly paired with four courses at each venue and will be hosted by Andrew Thomas.
Numbers at these venues are very limted. We'd recomend gathering your friends & booking as soon as possible, we'd hate you to miss out.
Friday 3rd January 2020 saw the first Semillon grapes harvested from the Braemore Vineyard, but it wasn't for wine, it was for Verjus.
Verjus is the pressed juice of unripened grapes. It is not fermented (and therefore non-alcoholic) and is harvested much earlier than wine grapes to capture crisp green characters, high acidity and before the sugars fully develop.
A favourite in kitchens and cocktails bars it's used to deglaze pans when making sauces, in salad dressings and is a popular ingredient in contemporary cocktails. The Cellar Door team recommend adding a dash to an icy glass of water or sparkling water on a hot day, as a refreshing beverage for your AFD's (alcohol free days).
Thomas Wines Verjus is sold via Cellar Door ($15/500ml bottle) and wholesale. This year's Verjus will be available from late February.
James Halliday recently announced his TOP 100 wines for 2019 & Thomas Wines is very pleased to announce that they have two wines included in this highly prized list. The 2019 Synergy Semillon was included in his best whites under $25, & the 2014 Cellar Reserve Braemore Semillon (97 points) included in his 20 best whites over $25. This follows on from the 2017 Two of a Kind Shiraz's inclusion in the TOP 100 wines in 2018.
Inclusion in this list creates high demand so we suggest jumping in quick to grab a case or two of these semsational Semillons to pair with your summery seafood dining.
Each year Thommo releases a Semillon from the highly awaded Braemore Vineyard as an aged release. This year he is releasing the 2014 Cellar Reserve Braemore Semillon on Saturday 31 August.
The 2014 vintage was and warm dry (not dissimilar to 2017 & 2018) producing wines with extra generosity. This wine is just starting to emerge with those classic bottle aged Hunter Semillon complexities. The palate has developed an attractive richness, yet maintains an amazing delicacy and freshness with vibrant fruit and a fine, focused line of acidity. In a superb drinking zone right now, it will continue to evolve over the next decade.
This weekend in Cellar Door visitors will be treated to a tasting experience of our full range of Single Vineyard Hunter Valley Semillons. The newly released 2019 range will be on tasting, finishing with a comparison between the 2019 & the 2014 Braemore Semillons. This line up showcases the purity of Hunter Valley Semillon it's site specific variations & aging capacity.
The Cellar Reserve is released to herald in the first day of spring, but we thought we'd channel that sunshine and warmth that comes with Spring & release the wine a day early this year. See you across the weekend or place your orders via our website.
Could 50 be the new 20? A stretch perhaps, but as we know you’re entering your prime around 50, and at 20 you’re just hitting your strides.
In the case of Thomas Wines 2019 is much cause for celebration as we celebrate our flagship vineyard’s 50th anniversary of its planting, and our 20th consecutive vintage of this wine at the top of our stable. It could be said that in 2019 at 50 and 20 we’re at the top of our game as we celebrate the coming of age.
And Newcastle Semillon lovers may rejoice, as Thomas Wines has just released just 30 tickets to an exclusive seaside Semsational Japanese Wine Lunch on Friday 27 September (which sold out in a heartbeat) and has now released a second lunch on Thursday 26 September at the celebrated Nagisa on the waterfront at Honeysuckle. Under the watchful eye of two, now local larrikins, Thommo and Yohei, you’ll be delighted by the range of Thomas Wines Hunter Valley Semillons from the outstanding 2019 vintage perfectly accompanied Nagisa’s signature dishes. You won’t meet two guys more committed to their respective causes, and you’ll enjoy a few laughs with them both over the course of the afternoon. Super limited tickets available for $120 per person. Bookings essential.