The “First Kiss” tour dates announced

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We are very pleased to announce the dates for Thomas Wines “First Kiss” tour.

Andrew “Thommo” Thomas will be hosting a series of dinners showcasing his complete range of 2015 shiraz, which are officially due for release Saturday 6th May. The tour will begin in its home in the Hunter Valley, and then travel to Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne (see below for date and venue details).

We have booked relatively small/intimate venues, so we do expect the tickets to sell out quickly.

The star of the line-up, Kiss Shiraz has gained somewhat of a cult following over the last decade, leading to an extraordinary popularity and demand from wine lovers and collectors. The 2015 Kiss is expected to once again win high praise from its followers.

The “First Kiss” tour will run from Friday 5 May to Wednesday 17 May and seats are limited, so book now by calling Rowena (02) 4998 7134 or email cellardoor@thomaswines.com.au

FRIDAY 5 MAY
HUNTER VALLEY
Venue Muse Kitchen, Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin
Ticket Price $170pp/ Members $150pp

WEDNESDAY 10 MAY
BRISBANE
Venue Malt Dining, 28 Market St, Brisbane City
Ticket Price $150pp/Members $130pp

THURSDAY 11 MAY
SYDNEY – CITY
Venue Fix Wine Bar & Restaurant, 111 Elizabeth St, Sydney
Ticket Price $150pp/Members $130pp

TUESDAY 16 MAY
SYDNEY – BALMORAL
Venue Public Dining Room, 2A The Esplanade, Mosman
Ticket Price $180pp/Members $160pp

WEDNESDAY 17 MAY
MELBOURNE
Venue The Botanical, 169 Domain Rd, South Yarra
Ticket Price $160pp/Members $140pp

Our amazing 2014 reds are due for release Saturday 7th May 2016

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There’s a fair bit of new stuff going on in my life at the moment….
A new child, a new cellar door, and just as I’ve completed my 30th consecutive Hunter Valley vintage, I’m about to release probably the best range of shiraz that I’ve made in all of my time up here.
The first weekend of May is my annual new vintage shiraz release date, and this year is all the more exciting with the release of the highly anticipated 2014 vintage reds. Bring on the 7th May….!!

There’s talk of 2014 being the best vintage since 1965. Well I was only just a twinkle in my old man’s eye back then, but it’s safe to say that 2014 is certainly a ‘once or twice in a generation’ kind of vintage.
Warm without being stinking hot.
Dry without being in drought.
The wines are certainly in the fuller end of the medium bodied spectrum, but there’s a real ‘juicyness’ to the fruit and amazing silky/supple tannins giving these wines the structure for excellent early drinking appeal, as well as remarkable longevity. I would love to have seen those 65’s on release…..

I’m sure you would have seen some 2014 Hunter reds already. Probably noticed some fairly significant prices from many producers taking advantage of a highly anticipated vintage. I’m pleased to report that whilst I have made a slight rise for 2014 Kiss (from $60 to $75 – the first price rise for about 5 years), I have maintained my usual pricing on all of the other wines in the range. I certainly don’t mind being known as offering some of the best quality Hunter Valley wines as well as the best value for money.
The Hunter is all about light and shade, and I wonder how some of these wines being priced at $100-$150-$200+ per bottle will sell when we move onto a leaner vintage (such as 2015). I want my customers to buy my wines every year, not just the awesome years…..

Over to you. Enjoy….

Thommo

Hunter Valley Wine Festival – 20th June 2015

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If you happen to be in the Hunter valley on Saturday 20th June, why not come and visit us at the Hunter Valley Wine Festival at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.
I’ll be manning our stand, and showing off some of my new release reds as well as the recently bottled 2015 Braemore semillon.
Presale tickets ($20 including 5 tasting vouchers) as well as more information on the event can be found here
Hope to see you there…..

Thomas Wines on tasting at Vinosphere event – 18th May 2015

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Andrew Thomas will be on hand pouring his newly released 2013 reds and a pre-bottling ‘sneak-preview’ of 2015 Braemore semillon at a major public tasting at Town Hall in Sydney on the 18th May.

Vinosphere 2015 brings together some of Australia’s finest producers, distributors and importers under the one roof. This is the first time that a comprehensive trade tasting of this scale has been opened up to the public. The event offers unprecedented access to some of the finest wines available in the country today. Around 100 producers from 10 countries will be represented with over 300 wines open for tasting. Most Australian and New Zealand producers will be represented in person. Wines will be available to order direct on the night. The entry fee is $40 and includes a Riedel Overture glass to keep. Follow the link to book your tickets – www.eventbrite.com.au/e/vinosphere-tickets-16194774005

Hope to see you there.

The 2013 reds release is finally here….!!!

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It’s official.

After quite a few months of being sold out of shiraz, the 2013 Hunter reds are being released today. The 2013 Kiss shiraz heads and impressive line up of wines, all of which have settled into their skins nicely since bottling mid 2014.

Following an amazing response to it’s inaugural 2011 vintage, Elenay shiraz maintains its place in the range, this time with an actual barrel selection from the Kiss and Sweetwater vineyards, to continue this exceptional contemporary expression of Hunter shiraz.

Sweetwater shiraz is again showing it’s distinctively floral and blue fruited notes, and the DJV shiraz (now sourced from the 50 year old Trevena vineyard) is probably the surprise packet of the vintage – intentionally lighter bodied with amazing fruit purity and grace.

Please enjoy, and feel free to get back to me with your comments.

Jeremy Olivers’ Drop of the Month – 2014 Braemore semillon

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One of Australia’s most respected wine scribes, Jeremy Oliver, has featured our 2014 Braemore semillon as his ‘Drop of the Month’ today.
Unfortunately the wine has well and truly sold out, but you still might find a bottle or two on some fine wine retailers shelves or good restaurant wine lists.

To read the article, click here

Stay tuned for the release of the 2015 vintage Braemore semillon, probably early June….

 

2015 shiraz harvest ready to go

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As is quite often the case, we take in the last of our semillons and the first of our shiraz is knocking on the door….

Most importantly, that frustrating rain we’ve had over the last few weeks seems to have disappeared, and the forecast over the next few weeks looks clear and fine. Amazingly, the shiraz vineyards we deal with have come through totally unscathed, looking clean, healthy and getting some nice ripe flavours.

Sweetwater shiraz is the first to be picked, looking the ripest (pushing 14.0 Beaume) and most flavoursome at this stage, and I’d expect the Kiss (Pokolbin Estate) vineyard to follow soon there after.

Our new oak barrels are rolling into the winery just in time….

V2015 semillon wrap up

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It’s been a pretty fast and furious couple of weeks, but the last of our V2015 semillon came in today. A new single vineyard semillon from the Murphy vineyard in Lovedale was our final pick, with all our Braemore semillon safely in tank and part/mid way through fermentation.

Yields are down a little (mainly through careful, selective hand picking) but quality looks very good indeed. We are back to that awesome leaner, precise styled semillon, but the pedigree vineyards have pushed through the ‘herbal’ zone and are showing an amazing purity and ripe citrus fruit.

I’m actually pretty excited. Watch this space…..

Vintage 2015 starts today

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After a nervous few weeks with some persistant rains, the 2015 vintage has finally started in earnest today with our first pick from the Braemore vineyard. Just under 6 tonnes were hand picked this morning, and with careful selective picking I couldn’t be happier with the result. Clean and nicely ripe for our ‘spine’ parcel, the juice is glowing green and bursting with pristine citrus flavours and wonderful acidity.

We’ll give the vineyard a few more days to ripen before we look at taking the main ‘heart’ parcel probably early/mid next week…

#semsational

James Halliday’s Top 100 wines of 2014

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Thomas Wines 2014 Braemore Semillon has been included in James Halliday’s Top 100 wines of the 2014, which was recently published in The Weekend Australian Magazine.

This is the third consecutive vintage of Bramore Semillon to be included in James’ Top 100 wines of the year.

Rated at 97 Points, his Top 100 review of the 2014 Braemore Semillon was as follows;

Hand Picked with “fishing headlamps” between 2am and 9am, enabling whole bunch pressing of cool fruit. Herb, grass, lime and lemon aromas and flavours whirl through the bouquet and superbly balanced palate alike, with lemon zest acidity cleansing and lengthening the finish and aftertaste. 97 Points, $30, Screwcap, 10.8% alcohol, Drink to 2034″

#semsational…. 🙂