Thomas Wines 2016 Elenay Shiraz
In a perfect world everything fits into its place. But sometimes, just sometimes, you find that the square peg/round hole syndrome is alive and well. Elenay was first created in 2011, when a few barrels that were designated to be the famous Kiss Shiraz didn’t quite make the cut, and a few barrels of Sweetwater vineyard Shiraz likewise just didn’t quite match that wine’s style.
A tongue in cheek name was given to these ‘left-over’ barrels which were blended together (we'll leave that up to your imagination to figure it out, hint: L&A) . The wine was well received, so Thommo decided to continue the label in subsequent vintages by making an actual barrel selection for the blend.
Deep in purple-garnet colour, the wine is vibrantly aromatic in its red berry, savoury and earthy perfume. It shows great concentration of dark berried fruits, with a taut tannin profile that extends right through the length of the palate. The wine feels svelte in the mouth, tightly wound, and with a decant or time in the glass, shows even more of its seductive personality.
Drink 2018 to 2024.