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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 Mike Press Shiraz has developed a loyal following of customers and along the way has collected trophies and medals. These vines were cloned from now 90 year old vines situated at Springton, and are now 17 years old. The conditions of 2014 vintage have produced another great Shiraz. Loaded with intense fruit flavours, it is drinking well now but will age gracefully for years to come.

Mike Press Shiraz. Capable of causing a stampede. A layer of resiny oak sits on ripe, blackberried, velvety fruit. Spice notes work at the edges, though they’re up against it in the context of such fruit ripeness, and that coating of oak. That said, I looked at this wine over the course of a few hours, and the oak did settle back over that time. In some ways this is one of my favourite Mike Press shiraz releases, if clearly not the best. In other ways it feels a little concocted. I could easily have gone a point or two higher or lower; I found it hard to make up my mind on this one. It could just be too young. Tasted: June 2016; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $14; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2017-2023; Rating: 90 Points; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

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