Tasting Notes

THOMAS KISS SHIRAZ VERTICAL 6 PACK 2013-2018

1 bottle each:
2013 Thomas Kiss Shiraz (JH 97pts)
2014 Thomas Kiss Shiraz (JH 97pts)
2015 Thomas Kiss Shiraz (JH 95pts)
2016 Thomas Kiss Shiraz (JH 95pts)
2017 Thomas Kiss Shiraz (JH 96pts)
2018 Thomas Kiss Shiraz (JH 95pts)
 
2013 Thomas Kiss Shiraz (JH 97pts)
Great colour; unalloyed black fruits illuminate the bouquet and the uncompromisingly full-bodied palate. Here tannins frame everything that follows; it has the balance that is the hallmark of the Thomas Shirazs, but I wouldn't call it exquisite. Professor George Saintsbury, the great English wine author of a century ago, confronted with an 1846 Hermitage, commented it as 'the manliest wine I have ever tasted'. Drink to 2053. Tasted Jan 2015. James Halliday
 
2014 Thomas Kiss Shiraz (JH 97pts)
Velvet wrapped in silk; cream splashed on chocolate; fruit polished and presented to perfection. Many of the best wines seem effortless, and this is one such. It's all cherry-plum and earth, its tannin both terrifically fine and wonderfully well integrated. Drink to 2040. Tasted Mar 2016. James Halliday
 
2015 Thomas Kiss Shiraz (JH 95pts)
This brightly hued flagship shiraz is sourced from the oldest vines on the Pokolbin Estate. It's on the border of full-bodied status, tannins prominent from the outset, as are the mouthwatering black fruits of a wine that can stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the shirazs from the great '14 vintage. Will repay those who wait 10 years for this wine. Drink to 2035. Tasted Mar 2017. James Halliday
 
2016 Thomas Kiss Shiraz (JH 95pts)
Always a pleasure to taste this wine, the flagship Hunter shiraz of the formidable Andrew Thomas stable. Sourced from the oldest vines on the esteemed Pokolbin Estate, planted in '69. Typically at the fuller end of medium-bodied, there's an extra dimension here; a bit more depth of fruit, a bit more oak, finer tannin: just more complexity and class all round really. Drink to 2036. Tasted Mar 2018. Steven Creber for James Halliday
 
2017 Thomas Kiss Shiraz (JH 96pts)
From old vines on the Pokolbin Estate vineyard, the Kiss label is the flagship of Thomas Wines, made simply to focus on the quality of the grapes, albeit with some new oak support. Many of the '17 Hunter Valley shirazs have ‘closed, call back later' signs plastered on them - not this wine, it welcomes you to taste it, lips generously open. Drink to 2047. Tasted Jan 2019. James Halliday
 
2018 Thomas Kiss Shiraz (JH 95pts)
This was once a standout based on extract and bombast of oak alone. It was made to a code. Today, the tannin management, intensity of flavour, complexity and integration evince an authority and mellifluousness unlike before. Blue to dark fruit accents, five spice, iodine and charcuterie. The pH metre a little shrill, but the tanginess will be massaged into the melee in time. Drink to 2033. Tasted Mar 2020. James Halliday