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Mike Press



Mike Press Wines

PO Box 224, Lobethal, 5241

Cellar Door: Not

Ph: (08) 8389 5546

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Mike Press is one of the industryís veteran winemakers. He graduated from Roseworthy and was tutored by the legendary Max Schubert, the creator of the Grange Hermitage at Penfolds.

Press became the chief winemaker at Seppelt in the 1970s and then moved to Krondorf. After the winery was taken over by Mildara he was responsible for a large swag of the huge Mildara portfolio.

Now he has his own small family owned company utilising fruit from an 85 acre vineyard high up at 500m near Lobethal in the Mount Lofty Ranges.

The vineyard, established in 1998, has Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Mikeís vast wine-making knowledge means he knows how to push the right buttons for popular but serious wine styles.

He is obviously making the wine for love rather than commercial profits at these prices ≠ the Cabernet, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc have to be some of the best value buys from South Australia.

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 GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Mike Press Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($14)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2016, aromatic, powerful and intense for the region, passionfruit, lime and tropical fruits with a touch of blackberry and green bean, minerally underpinning with racy orange rind acidity on the spicy finish,if you like the style this is great value (****)

Mike Press MP1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2012, premium release, from a small fermenter that Mike Press thought was outstanding in an old Penfolds style, glossy and powerful blackcurrant and plum with violet notes, medium-full bodied with fine tannins and firm acidity to counter-balance the ripeness of the fruit from this drought vintage, the French oak brings cedar/cinnamon/dark chocolate the finish (****)

Mike Press Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($14)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, seems a little more restrained and earthy than the last couple of vintages but still represents very good value, medium bodied blackcurrant, cherry and dark plum with violet florals, back half is US oak dominated showing cedar/coffee and dark chocolate, fine grained tannin, will benefit from a decant if you drink this young (***1/2)

Mike Press Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, St. Kilda ($14)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, flavoursome, ripe and quite extracted core of plum, mulberry, violet and liquorice, oaky and medium-full bodied palate with coffee-cedar aspects, vibrant acidity with grainy tannins, finishes fractionally short but thereís plenty of bang from this budget priced red (***1/2)

Mike Press Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($14)

Drink: 2014

(GXY Tasting): July 2008, tangy blackcurrant and blackberry with some liquorice and mint notes, medium bodied palate, balanced tannins and attractive spicy coffee-vanilla oak, fruit lacks the depth and power of the 2005 vintage but still is good value for the price (***1/2)

Mike Press Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($15)

Drink: 2017

(GXY Tasting): Aug 2007, Gold Medal 2006 Adelaide Hills Wine Show, 2006 Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2006, surprise package, very deep and intense blackcurrant with some raspberry, liquorice and mint notes, tangy and full bodied palate, balanced tannins and spicy choc-vanilla oak, terrific length and line, only let down by some sweet alcohol heat on the finish, but could easily be mistaken for an ultra-premium wine from the Yarra Valley or Coonawarra but at a fraction of the price (****1/2)

Mike Press Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($13)

Drink: 2012

(GXY Tasting): Aug 2007, medium bodied and elegant Syrah style, black cherry and blackcurrant, very spicy palate shows an array of pepper, clove and cinnamon complexity, some liquorice and dried herb features on the finish, needs a touch more fruit depth to get up to the regionís very best but is great value, balanced tannins and oak (****)

Mike Press Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Purchased: Not ($13)

Drink: 2008

(GXY Tasting): Aug 2007, flavoursome rather than pungent, regional expression showing tangy blackcurrant, nettle and tropical fruit with ginger and herbal nuances on the finish with a touch of orange peel, needs a touch more acid zest to get into the top bracket but is great value for the price (****)

Mike Press Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($13)

Drink: 2009

(GXY Tasting): Aug 2007, Bronze Medal, Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2006, big and extractive style with black cherry and dark plum fruit with a hint of chocolate, medium-full bodied with savoury tannins running through palate, spicy oak support (***1/2)

Mike Press Chardonnay 2007

Purchased: Not ($13)

Drink: 2009

(GXY Tasting): Aug 2007, melon and white peach with some grapefruit acidity, buttery with lots of leesy almond-cashew mid-plate features, finishes a bit sweet but has good line and texture for an unwooded (***1/2)

Mike Press Merlot 2003

Purchased: Not ($13)

Drink: 2009

(GXY Tasting): Aug 2007, raspberry and spicy plum, medium bodied with some black pepper and cinnamon complexity, coffee-chocolate oak, balanced tannins, fairly acidic and sour edged (***)