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.
The Halliday 2020 Wine Companion results are in with great scores for our current range of Shiraz
2017 Dam Block Shiraz - 97pts
2017 Kiss Shiraz - 96pts
2017 Elenay Shiraz - 96pts
2017 Two of a Kind Shiraz - sold out - 96pts
2017 Sweetwater Shiraz - 95pts
2017 Belford Shiraz - Members only - 94pts
2017 DJV Shiraz - 94pts
2017 Synergy Shiraz - 93pts
Need to stock the Cellar? Supplies are getting low on some of these so head to our online shop here.
With our Single Vineyard Shiraz from the exceptional 2017 vintage now released we've had some great reveiws.
Here are a few of the latest stories about Thomas Wines
Thomas Wines specialises in Semillon & Shiraz, proudly producing only these two signature Hunter Valley varieties.
A tasting with us digs deep ... it takes you on a focused journey of the Hunter Valley through the soils, their textures & colours, discussing how these affect the resultant range of single vineyard Semillon & Shiraz on offer.
If you take note when driving around the valley you will see the colours & textures of the soils vary quite considerably.
The flats of the Hunter Valley are ancient river courses with pale, sandy alluvial soils. These flats offer perfect conditions for growing Semillon.
In contrast, as a general rule, you'll see the soil on the hills is darker, crumbly, clay loam with rich red & chocolate overtones, perfect shiraz growing country.
Our Single Vineyard Tasting includes maps, soil samples & of course our Single Vineyard wines. It offers a visual explanation as to the varying aromas, flavours & textures of Semillon & Shiraz when grown on different sites throughout the Valley.
Our Single Vineyard tasting currently includes three Single Vineyard premium Semillon and seven Single Vineyard premium Shiraz. The seated tasting takes approximately 45 minutes; the fee is $15pp but we'll only charge you this fee if you can't find a bottle (or 12) from our Single Vineyard range to purchase at the end of the tasting.
Bookings and prepayment of (an unredeemable) $15pp apply for groups of six or more.