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 third vintage of our clone 777 Pinot Noir and it is more full bodied than the 2014 but still with all the wonderful nuances of this variety The nose is all Pinot Noir floral and fruit driven with some earthy overtones. The palate is long and elegant, and the high altitude of our vineyard is captured in this wine - Mike Press
The estate vineyard is planted with the Dijon clone 777, and the fruit is thinned three times during the growing season, the wine matured in French oak with minimal filtration. Has retained its primary crimson hue to an impressive degree; red and black cherry fruit are the flavour drivers, steering provided by some earthy/foresty varietal characters on the long palate. Is there nothing Mike Press can't do? Rating: 90 Points; Special Value Star; Top 100 Wines of 2016; James Halliday Wine Companion
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