There's always a tricky dance to play with Adelaide Hills Shiraz - too elegant and you lose flavour, too full and it can just taste like McLaren Vale.
But this single block, single clone Shiraz is a finely tuned masterpiece, with precision spicy purple juicy flavour, a waft of peppery varietal character and then a palate that is both dainty and chunky, like a boxer.
You're looking at the future of Australian Shiraz and boy is it good...
Established in 2002 by Dr. John Tomich and his wife, Vicki, this Adelaide Hills winery has a remarkable reputation for innovation and harnessing some of the best winemaking talent in the country. The fruit is sourced from their own 200 acres of vines located in the very cool Onkaparinga Valley in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. It is the largest vineyard in the region and is farmed using sustainable practices. Today, Tomich Wines is still family owned and operated with John's son, Randal Tomich, heading up the winemaking duties alongside consultant winemaker Ben Riggs.
NED GOODWIN - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
A single block offering, this is opaque of hue, belied by the fireworks of floral aromas: violet, iodine, smoked meat and anise. The overall impression is one of lift and pulpy blue fruits. The finish is juicy. Long and succulent. Nothing drying. A little American oak coffee bean nestled beautifully. I dig this
STUART KNOX - THE REAL REVIEW
Ripe dark plums, bay leaf and cedar on the nose. A solid core of dense black fruits, with wood spices and charcuterie offering some savoury layers. Oak tannins currently protrude slightly, but over time in the glass they soften into it. Good line and plenty of length