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 vineyard is planted around Mike Press's house, and he makes the wine, delivering unbeatable value. Sub-$20 sauvignon blancs often wobble around the mouth with vague tropical fruits neither seeking nor delivering cause for thought. James Halliday
Mike Press Sauvignon Blanc, served at a low 11.8% alcohol. It’s a little more strict than usual; more straight-laced. It’s gooseberried and herbal but there are flashes of florals and a drive of pure passionfruit; almost into apple. Racy and tart but perfumed and inviting. As with last year I suspect it’s been released a little too young, its feet still setting their stance. But I’d reckon you’re onto a pretty decent thing here, at a more than reasonable price. Tasted : Jul17; Alcohol : 11.8%; Price : $14; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2017 - 2019; Rating : 89 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
Mike Press is always value for money, but this wine takes it to another level. It's crawling with grassy, green pea, citrus and kiwi fruit that take a millisecond to fill the palate, crunchy acidity there to provide an emphatic, cleansing finish. The one caveat is its need for food, the cuisine largely irrelevant, but Chinese/Thai/Malaysian would always fit the bill. Drink to: 2018; Price: $13.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2017; Alcohol: 11.8%; Rating: 90 Points & Special Value Star; Top 100 Wines of the Year 2017; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion
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