Kiss Shiraz is a cheeky name for a serious wine. It is an individual vineyard Hunter Valley Shiraz, grown on the tough clay/loam soils of the Pokolbin Estate vineyard (planted 1969). These naturally low cropping vines consistently produce fruit with exceptional depth and concentration. This is the benchmark Shiraz for Thomas Wines, expressing very the best qualities of each vintage. The first vintage of Kiss Shiraz was in 2001, and since that time, each vintage has received countless wine show awards and accolades.
The highly lauded 2014 Hunter vintage has yielded some fantastic red wines, certainly enjoyable in their youth and the best will be regarded as classics in years to come.
The grapes were hand picked on the 14th of February, cold soaked for 48 hours and then fermented on skins for about seven days. The wine was then matured for 16 months exclusively in premium French oak barriques. After bottling, the wine rested in the cellar for ten months prior to being released 7th May, 2016.
A benchmark Hunter Shiraz from an outstanding Hunter vintage displaying a delightfully deep and vibrant purple hue. Definitely in the fuller end of the medium bodied spectrum, but flush with concentrated dark blue fruits, savoury spice and a long, satiny tannin structure which encapsulates the wine in its entirety. The internal core of this wine clearly demonstrates that Hunter shiraz can achieve amazing intensity within a medium bodied frame.
Drink 2016 – 2040+
Bottled 15th July 2015
Production 687 six packs + 100 Magnums
Release Date 7th May 2016