17/07/2001 - 22:00

A true voyage of discovery from Tom Price pair

17/07/2001 - 22:00

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THE wines under the Tom Price label are not going to be produced every year. It is the view of the crew at Voyager that these wines be produced only when all the elements come together and produce fruit of exceptional flavour and quality.

A true voyage of discovery from Tom Price pair
THE wines under the Tom Price label are not going to be produced every year. It is the view of the crew at Voyager that these wines be produced only when all the elements come together and produce fruit of exceptional flavour and quality.

There is only a limited number of these two wines available (Tom Price Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Tom Price Cabernet Sauvignon), due to the commitment from the wine making team to select only the best parcels of hand-picked fruit. The 1994 Tom Price Cabernet Sauvignon, for example, was made from only 10 barrels.

The two wines are shown the full treatment to extract the very best from the fruit. The Tom Price white is selected from hand-picked parcels of fruit, whole bunch pressed and settled overnight before being transferred to 100 per cent new, fine grained Bordeaux-coopered oak.

There is a degree of lees contact and battonage and extended time in the barrel.

The final components of this wine are 60 per cent semillon and 40 per cent sauvignon blanc. This wine is based on the Bordeaux white wines from Graves, which is on the southern fringes of Bordeaux city.

Like the white, the Tom Price Cabernet Sauvignon was produced from selected parcels of fruit. Such was the attention to detail in this wine that picking of selected parcels of fruit were harvested on two occasions almost a week apart. Various types of the best French oak were used for maturation with the wine bottled in 1996.

Tom Price Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 1997 rrp $ 48.00 19/20 points

Not much has been spared in the production of this work of art. The aromas I found included a slight honey character with ripe nectarines, a touch of lemon citrus and an undertone of complex use of French oak and spice. The palate shows incredible depth of flavour and structure. Although still quite tight and restrained, I found sweet fruits of nectarines and guava with a second phase of lemon citrus. The acidity and oak are in harmony, there is a real elegance to this wine and would be a welcome addition to any cellar.

Tom Price Cabernet Sauvignon 1994 rrp $80.00 18.75/20 points

When I opened this I could smell the intense aromas standing a couple of feet away from my tasting glass. Ripe jammy blackcurrant, cassis, chocolate and some cedary aromas that are bound in complexity. When you get this wine on the palate you are confronted with mouth-filling flavours with dusty tannins and integrated acidity.

Redberry fruits tog-ether with cassis and blackberry fruits appeal and the wine finishes with length and refinement. Shows the reward of care-ful viticulture and winery practices. I believe that to get the full rewards from this wine you will need to decant. I left this wine for a day and returned to find a new world of fla-vours the second time round.

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