Brilliant example of this style where the wine is partially fermented in older French oak to bring about a degree of richness and complexity. It works so well with the primary fruit characters still there but these additional tones making a huge difference. A most impressive wine.
The best yet from this second label of Perth Cardiologist Peter Thompson. Textured and fruity with deep and concentrated fruit characters Lots of blackcurrant integrated with fine oak and firm tannins. Controlled and long in the mouth. Ideal in the medium term.
Luscious easy drinking style of cabernet blend. Ripe blackcurrant and dark plum on the nose works into the palate. Firmish tannins and loads of warm ripe fruit. Tannins provide a neat assertiveness to control the structure and drive the finish.
A ripe and concentrated cabernet merlot blend with a little merlot and petit verdot. It’s well-structured with oak and fine grained ripe tannins in support. The fruit is fleshy and flavoursome with a dry finish. A wine with some further cellaring ahead of it. Just starting to show some light leathery development but still plenty of time ahead.
This is a blend of largely cabernet sauvignon with about 10 per cent each of merlot and cabernet franc. The power of the cab sav is evident on the palate while the flesh of the merlot and the lifted aromatics of the perfumed cab franc play a key role in the completeness of the wine. Well-structured with a firm core wrapped in flesh with a long focused finish.
Thompson Estate cabernet merlot 2012 ($35)
A ripe and concentrated cabernet merlot blend with a little merlot and petit verdot. It’s well structured with oak and fine grained ripe tannins in support. The fruit is fleshy and flavoursome with a dry finish. A wine with some further cellaring ahead of it.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 7 years
Thompson Estate Four Chambers shiraz 2013 ($20)
This opulent shiraz from quite a warm Margaret River vineyard is a real fruit bomb of riches. There’s a nice savoury edge to it. Deep and penetrating dusty dark plum and blackberry with a hint of mulberry. The oak is neatly weighted and the fine grainy tannins bring some structure into the mix. Quality wine for this price.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 5 years
Thompson Estate semillon sauvignon blanc 2014 ($35)
This excellent blend of semillon and sauvignon gets a small amount of barrel fermentation and it certainly shows with the strong lemony character on the nose. The palate has a lovely mix of elegant fruit with that delicate dab of oak adding complexity and structure. Great drinking over the next few years.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 5 years
Thompson Estate chardonnay 2013 ($50)
Heaps of good things happening in this deeply complex and powerful chardonnay. Butterscotch and brioche notes on the nose with some neat savoury characters. The palate has deep and concentrated flavours built around some nice French oak influence and excellent fruit weight.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 5 years
Thompson Estate cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($50)
Another first-rate cabernet from Thompson Estate. It’s mostly cabernet but there’s some useful merlot and cabernet franc. Blackcurrant savoury characters on the nose float through into the palate. The fruit has a sweet concentration but the dry tannins and slightly black olive nuances hold it tight and focused to the long finish. Complex already and with further cellaring ahead of it.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 10 years
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