Saturday, January 14, 2012

Thomas DJV Shiraz

From the rising star of the Hunter comes the DJV (some say deja vu) Shiraz. It is an entry style Thomas wine, a blend from a number of vineyards, but all with some vine age.

The 2007 Thomas DJV Shiraz is a medium to full bodied wine. It tastes of vibrant plum and boysenberry and has the velvety characteristics of a typical Hunter Shiraz. The wine is quite fruity, yet also elegant. There is not much length on the finish, but it does not matter, as the wine is so pretty. It will live for quite a few years, but not necessarily improve.

Incidentally, I drank some 2007 Guigal Cote du Rhone (the high volume wine) on the same night, which made for an interesting comparison. Usually, you get the big Australian flavour vs. the more structured French wines, but given that 2007 was a warm vintage in the Rhone valley, the Guigal has more flavour than usual, and the Thomas wine is not as overblown as some South Australian Shiraz. There was still more fruit character in the Aussie wine and more length in the French, but it was actually relatively close.

Score: 90/++

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