Jane and Peter Thompson purchased the Thompson Estate property in 1994, and the first plantings of chardonnay and pinot were in 1997, followed by the cabernet plantings in 1998. From the outset at Thompson Estate, the focus has been on high quality wine production and this has been recognized in a large number of wine show medals and accolades from the wine press. The most treasured has been the recognition by James Halliday, Australia’s premier wine critic, that Thompson Estate is a Five Red Star winery, placing it in the top echelon of Australian wineries.
62% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot, 6% malbec, 5% cabernet franc, matured in used French oak for 18 months. Very good structure and texture underlying the complex interplay of cassis/blackcurrant, redcurrant and earthy/forest fruits. The decision to only employ used French oak is the key to its succes. Drink to: 2033; Price: $35.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2016; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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