Mike and Judy Press established their Kenton Valley Vineyards in 1998, when they purchased 34ha of land in the Adelaide Hills at an elevation of 500m. Over the next two years they planted mainstream cool climate varieties (merlot, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir), intending to sell the grapes to other wine producers. Even an illustrious 42-year career in the wine industry did not prepare Mike for the downturn in grape prices that followed, and that led to the development of the Mike Press wine label.
In the fresh, bright, crisp Press style that has been so successful, so reliable, and so affordable - and then some. For all intents and purposes, it is unoaked, but doesn't fall into the blah blah boring style thanks to its tightly woven, crunchy nectarine, melon and citrus/citrussy acidity all combining to give the wine excellent length. Alcohol: 12.7%; Rating: 94 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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