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Thomas Wines

www.thomaswines.com.au

c/- The Small Winemakers Centre, McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin, 2321

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (02) 6574 7371

Thomas is a small wine-making operation run by Andrew and Jo Thomas.

Andrew has previously worked in the McLaren Vale and then a 13 year stint at Tyrrells.

The idea is to make the wines from single vineyards that highlight the range of Hunter Valley sub-regions.The Kiss Shiraz and Braemore Semillon are taking their place amongst the most highly rated wines in the region.

They are in the process of constructing a winery and cellar door on Hermitage Road.

Andrew Thomas is part of the "Next Generation" team of local winemakers who are seeking to modernise the promotion of the valley as a top contemporary wine producing region (in recent years the wine tourism and wine history side has dominated the marketing of the region).

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from a GenXY group tasting

Thomas Elenay Shiraz 2015

Purchased: Not ($48)

Drink: 2026

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, aromatic and plush black cherry and plum with a streak of red fruit and a toch of charcuterie, also white pepper and violet florals, earthy and slightly leathery medium bodied palate underpinned with a granny tannic spine, good persistence and line (****1/2)

Thomas Braemore Individual Vineyard Semillon 2016

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2027

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, wet vintage but saved by dry spell at end, floral and brightly lit lemon grass, melon and lime with dried herb, musk, lanolin and citrus blossom notes, linaar with fine chalky phenolics and a slaty mineral finish (****)

Thomas Elenay Shiraz 2011

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, new release, blend of the left over barrels from the Kiss and Sweetwater Shiraz, perfumed and glycerolly black cherry, redcurrant and dark plum with underlying earthiness and graphite minerality, medium bodied with spicy charcuterie and pepper complexity, persistent dusty tannins with evident dark chocolate/mocha new oak (****1/2)

Thomas Braemore Individual Vineyard Semillon 2012

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2013, aromatic and freshhoneydew melon, lemon grass and lime  with dried herb and lanolin notes, accessible, open structure but has good line and length,  fine chalky phenolics and vibrant lemon acids with some wet pebble aspects on the finish (****1/2)

Thomas Individual Vineyards Kiss Shiraz 2011

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, aromatic, vibrant, foresty and medium bodied boysenberry and red cherries with violet, anise, mint and all spice notes, there some graphite minerals and dark earth notes, seamlessly integrated coffee/malt/cedar oak, linear fine grained tannins, a complex wine with racy acidity (****1/2)

Thomas Sweetwater Shiraz 2011

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, more in the traditional leathery Hunter style than the Kiss, earthy and medium bodied redcurrants and blueberry with peppery spices, violet florals and the boot leather, juicy acidity and rich oaking (some American) that brings coffee/chocolate and grainy oak tannins to the finish (***1/2)

Thomas Individual Vineyard Kiss Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, silky, foresty, and medium bodied and seems to have a lighter touch than the 2009, boysenberry and raspberry with violet and white pepper notes, a nice streak of graphite minerality with creamy and toasty coffee/cedar oak, savoury and pliant fine grained tannin (****1/2)

Thomas Individual Vineyard Braemore Semillon 2011

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2013 or 2020+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, vibrant white nectarine, lemon sherbert, cut grass with spice and dried herb notes, focussed but open palate with fine chalky minerality and crisp grapefruit acids, good length, leads to a flinty finish, approachable now but will develop in the cellar (****)

Thomas Vineyard Selection Six Degrees Semillon 2011

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, in the quirky off-dry style showing pineapple, peach and lychee with garden herb and fig nuances, nervy grapefruit/lemon rind acidity battles to balance the sweetness (***1/2)

Thomas Braemore Cellar Reserve HV Semillon 2005

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2010, bright green-yellow colour, this vintage is developing very nicely showing the waxy lemon curd, sherbert and buttered toast of good mature Hunter Semillon and a touch of smoke and dried herb, flinty finish, very good line and length, has the freshness to cellar for another decade but has passed the transitional stage and is entering its peak drinking window (*****)

Thomas Braemore Semillon 2010

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, generous lemon sherbert, melon and lime, slightly forward and oily palate and with dried herb notes, a minerally spine with a savoury finish and lemon acids, convincing effort from a difficult vintage (****)

Thomas Individual Vineyard Kiss Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, quite good depth and fruit definition showing vibrant blackberry and black cherry with liquorice, cinnamon and black pepper notes, complex earthy and minerally graphite texture, medium-full bodied with discrete toasty oak, the beautifully poised fine web of savoury tannins lift this above the 2006 vintage (****1/2)

Thomas Individual Vineyard Braemore Semillon 2009

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, focussed and pure but vibrant lemon sherbert, cut grass with spice and dried herb notes, tightly controlled phenolics with chalky minerality and crisp citrus acids, good length although the secondary features may develop a bit earlier than the 2008 (****)

Thomas Sweetwater Individual Vineyard Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, a fairly muscular and juicy wine showing ripe plum and blackberry although the alcohol is kept down to 13.8%, earthy with well judged mocha-chocolate oak and good acidity, the very fine grained savoury tannins lift this above the pack (****)

Thomas Six Degrees Semillon 2009

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, limited cellar door release, a low alcohol and off-dry style with residual sugar counterbalancing the nervy lemon acidity, style is more reminiscent of German Riesling than Hunter Semillon but should go well with spicy food (***1/2)

Thomas Braemore Individual Vineyard Hunter Valley Semillon 2007

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2008, very fragrant for the variety, front palate is intense and mouth-filling showing melon, lemon, lime juice and cut grass with dried herbs, the back half is quite disciplined with focussed minerality, zesty citric acids, should age well (****)

Thomas Kiss Limited Release Hunter Valley Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: April 2008, appealing tangy blackberry and liqueur cherry with liquorice notes, handsome earthy and minerally texture with the regional leather, medium bodied with discrete toasty oak, ripe tannins (****)