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.
The 2015 Vintage in the Adelaide Hills produced a style of wine with great fruit intensity. Merlot always does well in our vineyard which is 500 metres above sea level. This wine is all berries blackberry, raspberry and strawberry fruit but with some dusty spices as well It has a round luscious mouth feel and good length of palate. It was matured in American and French oak. A wine to drink now but it will mature and develop for many years to come.
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