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 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.
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
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