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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 StarDozen consists of the following:

3 bottles            Mike Press Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2017
3 bottles            Mike Press Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2016
3 bottles            Mike Press Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2015
3 bottles            Mike Press Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Mike Press Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Passionfruit, snow pea, a dash of goosberry. It’s cool, crisp and refreshingly dry. Not overly complex, but then it’s not supposed to be. It’s supposed to drunk with gusto and in that respect it definitely delivers the goods.

Mike Press Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2016
The grapes are harvested early morning when the temperature is cool. Then picked and cold fermented to capture all the natural fruit aromas and tastes. Very light straw yellow. It's mostly about grapefruit, melons, apples and nectarines and it's strongly regional. It's refreshing and crisp but retains enough interest, minerality and complexity. There are some grassy notes on the nose and back palate.

Mike Press Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2015
2015 was a great season for the Adelaide Hills, and this wine captures the black fruit depth of now 19-year-old shiraz vines, within the elegant mould and refreshing acid balance of this high vineyard, a rousing celebration of all the pepper and spice of Adelaide Hills shiraz. As always, oak pokes out a little at this young age, and it appreciates a vigorous decant or - better - some years in the cellar. Alcohol: 14.4%; Price: $15; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2022-2027; Rating: 92 Points - Tyson Stelzer 2017

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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