Thomas Wines Sweetwater Shiraz 2010 (Hunter Valley, NSW)
14.5%, Screwcap, $35
I like the charm of this Sweetwater Shiraz, with its open, Huntery character genuinely worth celebrating. It’s often overshadowed by its older brothers (Kiss, Motel Block etc) but the more mid weight flavours make this often the most accessible red in the range.
Sweet by name, sweet by nature, this year it is positively juicy and quite vibrant all purple plum raspberry fruit and a slice of Hunter earth. It’s perhaps a little diffuse but the generosity and mouthfeel make it very attractive. I liked this.
Score: 17.5/20 91/100
Would I buy it? Definitely. Attractive Hunter Shiraz indeed.