May 3, 2013

Next Generation: Thomas Sweetwater Shiraz 2011

Here is a feature wine from Andrew Thomas, one of the Hunter Valley’s Next Gen winemakers that you can catch on their 2013 Caravan of Courage tour at a location near you:

According to his website, Andrew Thomas is a ‘specialist in Shiraz and Semillon from the Hunter Valley’. This is perhaps an understatement. Andrew’s Braemore Semillon is one of the modern benchmarks for the varietal similar to his shiraz wines which have his personality stamped all over them.

The Sweetwater is sourced from, funnily enough, Sweetwater Ridge. It is rich with mulberry and plum fruit, earth and cinnamon.   The juicy fruit and supple tannin stride along the palate. The finish is rich but this poised and balanced shiraz is bold but not blocky. It is moreish and cheekily encourages you to refill the glass.

Date: 28th April 2013   Price:  $35    Value: $$$  Drink:  Now  – 4+ years

Read more about Andrew and the other Next Gen winemakers here.


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