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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. 

3 bottles            Mike Press Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016
3 bottles            Mike Press Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2015
3 bottles            Mike Press Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2015
3 bottles            Mike Press Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
 

Mike Press Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016
The awesome power and intensity of this wine will catch many by surprise; the bouquet is correct and varietal, but by the time it reaches the mid-palate you can sense the express train loaded with citrus, green pea and sparks of tropical fruits blazing through the finish and cleansing aftertaste of mouthwatering acidity. Rating: 94 Points; Drink by: 2016; Price: $12.99; Date Tasted: Sept 2015; Alcohol: 12.7%; Top 100 Wines of 2015 - James Halliday; Weekend Australian

Mike Press Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2015
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

Mike Press Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2015
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 2015 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 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
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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