Rounding out this collection of new release reds from Andrew Thomas is the eloquently named Thomas Wines Elenay Shiraz 2014.
I say eloquent as the original name for this wine is lips and arseholes (obviously less PC), as it’s basically a blend of leftovers from the other single vineyard wines (Kiss and Sweetwater). I don’t have the breakdown, but it tastes very much like a Kiss-lite this year (and none the worse for it)…
Deep ruby magenta, this is a masculine Shiraz. There’s still that purple juiciness that runs in all of the ’14 Thomas Shiraz, but the tannins are second only to Kiss. Lots of red purple fruit and a layer of vanilla oak, it’s heading towards the fuller end of mid weight, plump but also capped off with grainy black tannins. I had this open for 3 days and even on the last day it was looking composed, if not quite as supreme as Kiss. Long! Time will be kind. Actually time is the only thing standing between this and further greatness as it is achingly youthful. Important plus signs.
Best drinking: 2020-2035+. 18/20, 93/100+. 13.8%, $45. Would I buy it? Yes I definitely would. Price is very good too.