Sweetwater is often the quiet achiever of the Thomas Wines range, with a style that is typically more aromatic and less dense than the other single vineyard Shiraz (like Kiss).
This Thomas Wines Sweetwater Shiraz 2014 comes off a block in the Belford end of the lower Hunter. Low cropping (4t per hectare), with red/brown loam soils over limestone, it’s one of the younger vineyards that Thommo from (planted in 1998). Interesting that there is some whole bunch in the mix – helps the tannins no doubt…
Again this is a plump and juicy wine – as Sweetwater often is. There is still the red earth of the Hunter, but this is flush with fruit – and even quite pretty. Compared to the brawn of Kiss, for example, this seems gentle and almost Pinot-esque. After a day open, however, it gets deeper, more tannic and more serious. Clever.My only criticism is that this is slightly over-polished – it’s just so sleek and elegant, when a little bit more thump would help.
Best drinking: 2019-2030+. 17.7/20, 92/100. 14%, $35. Would I buy it? I’d quite like a bottle to see how it develops, and 2 glasses or so now.
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