I am not quite sure what to think of the 2009 Thomas Wines Kiss Shiraz from the Hunter Valley, at eleven years of age. There are elements of a South Australian Shiraz in this wine, missing the graciousness of an ageing Hunter wine.
Plum, blackberry and mulberry fruit engulf the palate on entry. Black olive and black pepper add to a solid profile of premium Shiraz. This is a full-bodied wine, ripe and quite dense, but smooth as well, with a sweet core. The tannins are a bit blocked, but have mellowed a lot.
This wine is drinking fine, but is perhaps just past its best.