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Thomas Wines Two of a Kind Shiraz

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In this 'Two of a kind', the Hunter Valley meets McLaren Vale in a regional blend shiraz. It's surprisingly multi-layered, with aromas of blackberries and dark plums on the nose, with hints of black pepper and earthiness. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with a choc-coated plum centre, savoury-edged, slinky tannins, and a dry, spicy finish. It punches well above its price point to represent excellent value for money.

Winemaker's Notes

A vibrant and intriguing expression of shiraz, this wine offers a classy perfume of dark cherry and choc-licorice set to a subtle scent of cedary oak. It’s full, with plush, dark fruit flavours and given some structure from coils of firm, dusty tannin.

The result is a seamless, seductive and dangerously drinkable style. This wine has the attributes to cellar well over the next five to ten years, yet its fruit intensity and supple tannin structure make it enjoyable in its youth, particularly with food.

Our ‘Two of a Kind’ wines are a tribute to the multi regional blends that created some of Australia’s best wines in the 50’s and 60’s. The wines are based on the Hunter Valley’s signature varieties of Semillon and Shiraz, and blending with the varieties that are well suited to other South Australian regions providing an interesting twist and extra dimension to these unique wine styles.

After the challenging the 2012 season, we are back to a Hunter dominant Two of a Kind shiraz blend in 2013 – the way it should be…

This regional blend is made up of Hunter Valley Shiraz (58%) and McLaren Vale Shiraz (42%). The two components are fermented separately, but then blended soon after pressing, and matured in premium quality French and American oak barriques for about 16 months prior to bottling.

Alcohol: 14%

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Thomas Wines Two of a Kind Shiraz

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Bright crimson-purple; why Andrew Thomas would have gone looking for a 43% McLaren Vale to go with 57% Hunter Valley shiraz in a vintage such as '11 is a mystery to me, but the combination works well enough, and he must have found a very good source of McLaren Vale fruit; the rich plum, blackberry, spice and bitter chocolate flavours will be interesting to watch as they develop over the years ahead.
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