Thomas Wines 2018 The Cote Shiraz
Sourced from the famous Cote d’Or vineyard in central Pokolbin, the exceptional 2018 vintage is the second release of this single vineyard wine to our range. At almost 200 metres above sea level, on the steep northerly slope of the ridge south of the Audrey Wilkinson Oakdale property. Cote d'Or was one of the first vineyards established by the Wilkinson family in 1866; by Alfred Wilkinson and his son Frederick (Audrey’s father). It was the fraternal home until the death of Alfred just before WW1.The original vineyard has long been pulled out, but seven acres were replanted on this ridge in 1971. The vineyard is dry-grown on relatively deep brown loamy soil, and scattered with permian fossils.
Hand-picked on 31st of January (approx 2 weeks earlier than the 2017 vintage). The fruit was destemmed and cold soaked for 24 hours prior to fermentation. After a further seven days on skins the wine was pressed off to premium French oak (300L) hogsheads ranging from new (approx 20%), second use (approx 30%) and third/fourth use (50%). After about 15 months of maturation, the wine was blended and then bottled in July 2019. Finally, there was a further 10 months of bottle maturation prior to release on 2nd May 2020.
The second release of this new label is certainly fuller in weight than the inaugral 2017 vintage. The wine displays exceptional depth of character, featuring dark blue fruits, Turkish delight and spicy notes. The savoury texture on the palate is accentuated by an attractive dusty tannin structure, whilst the oak is beautifully integrated providing additional structural compexity. The Cote offers outstanding value for money as a single vineyard Hunter Valley Shiraz.
Drink 2020 – 2030+