In a nod to the pioneers of the Hunter, Andrew and his team make Thomas DJV wine they way they did in the early years. Oak fermenters, no temperature control, old oak maturation, adjusting the acid levels using Semillon (rather than tartaric acid additions). The result is remarkably good. Silky, fruity and harmonious. There is lots of nuances of flavour and I found this a really pleasurable wine to drink.
Andrew Thomas was born into a winemaking family in the McLaren Vale. He learnt his trade at Tyrrell’s in the Hunter and stayed there to start his own winery specialising in Shiraz and Semillon with a particular focus on Single Vineyard wines. The best Hunter wines are world class and Australia’s gift to the world.
Although it is historically very important to Australia. If you were planting Australia today from scratch you’d never even visit the Hunter. Rain almost every harvest and excessive heat mean hard work. But the results in the bottle show each year. Shiraz and Semillon are particular highlights.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.