Thommo’s homage to the old-school Hunter ‘Burgundy’ wines that often included a little early picked Semillon (or Trebbiano for that matter – Tyrrell’s have some century-old Treb vines), this Thomas Wines Deja Vu Shiraz 2014 is Trevena Vineyard Shiraz blended with a ‘splash’ of Semillon verjuice.
I’ve not always loved this wine, but in ’14 it looks just about right, perhaps helped by the extra vintage ripeness…
Historically matured in older barrels, though there’s a very faint vanilla bean character this vintage (less old oak?). Light ruby purple, it’s just medium bodied, the palate gentle and dominated by blue and red berries.
What lifts this vintage release is that the fruit is more concentrated, also showing the juiciness found in the other ’14 Thomas Wines Shiraz wines, but in a lithe and gentle style, if lacking the punch for a high score.
Easily the best Thomas Wines Deja Vu Shiraz in some time regardless. Best drinking: 2016-2026. 17.5/20, 91/100. 13%, $30. Would I buy it? I’d prefer Sweetwater at this price, but this has appeal. Two glasses.