Andrew Thomas was almost single-handedly responsible for rekindling the interest in the core wines of the Hunter Valley: Shiraz and Semillon. Most of his wines are single vineyard wines, and so is this mid priced Sweetwater Shiraz.
The 2009 Thomas Sweetwater Shiraz received a lot of accolades on release, no doubt because of its immediate fruit appeal. The wine has a strong purple colour, often seen in cooler climate Shirazes. And it certainly has the spice and white pepper to back this up. The plum flavoured fruit, however, is thick and sweet (connection to the name?). The alcohol content is moderate at 13.5%.Tannins and oak are well integrated into the structure. But the undifferentiated fruit flavour dominates the palate and it is not pleasant. I thought maybe the wine was too warm, and it benefits from a drop in serving temperature, but this just pears the flavours back and does not add interest.