A benchmark Hunter Shiraz from an outstanding vintage and the flagbearer of Thomas wines. The 2017 Kiss is displaying a delightfully deep and vibrant purple hue. Definitely in the fuller end of the medium bodied spectrum and flush with concentrated dark blue fruits, savoury spice and a long, satiny tannin structure which encapsulates the wine in its entirety. The French oak maturation is still evident in its youth but also provides the additional structural complexity that the primary fruit intensity demands. Deliciously bright and instense as a youngster, but this wine is also a belter for the cellar.
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. 2017 is widely regarded as an outstanding vintage is the Hunter Valley, particularly for Shiraz.
Hand picked on the 15th of February, cold soaked for 48 hours and then fermented on skins for a further nine days. Matured for 16 months in premium French oak (300L) Hogsheads. After bottling, the wine rested in the cellar for ten months prior to being released on 4th May, 2019.