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 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.
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