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.
One of the value stars of Australian wine; indeed arguably the value star of Australian wine, depending on your taste preferences. This release is Mike Press cabernet sauvignon at its most elegant. It’s ripe but dusty, its flavours building slowly through the palate before shooting out through the finish. You’d reckon this one will cellar (very) well. It’s curranty and smoky with understated volleys of vanilla and cedarwood. Everything feels neat and tidy. It’s an excellent option for medium term cellaring. Tasted: July 2016; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $14; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018-2026; Rating: 91+ Points; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
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