COLOUR: Rich, velvety purple with a deep, dark core.
NOSE: A sumptuous, multifaceted nose of dark red berries, cassis and prunes with complex notes of charcuterie, mocha, panforte, chicory root, chinotto and black olive.
PALATE: Fleshy, opulent dimensions and a velvet plushness are defining elements on the palate, with full, firm tannins pulling everything into line and providing balance and foundation. Lingering dense fruit flavours and refined French oak enhance the finish.
Gold Medal: 2017 China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value
Silver Medal: 2018 International Wine Challenge
Silver Medal: 2016 Sydney Royal Wine Show (Class 34)
Silver Medal: 2016 International Wine Challenge
Sourced from two blocks within a remarkable vineyard at the eastern end of Ebenezer Road in the Barossa Valley’s north, which features a flat to gently undulating terrain with an elevation of around 280m. The vineyard is planted in unique soils comprising Barossa ironstone, with its exceptional water-holding properties, red clays and dry alluvial sands deposited up to 50 million years ago. At the far north of the valley, the climate is more continental, with the warmest daytime temperatures and lowest rainfall and humidity. The area also experiences some of the coolest nights, leading to longer, slower, later ripening, allowing flavours to fully develop. Growing in this unique terroir, Shiraz tends towards small berries with tough, dark skins, producing concentration and depth, opulent, fleshy fruit and full, ripe tannins.
Harvested at optimum maturity, fruit from each block was crushed separately and fermented in small open fermenters. A mix of gentle plunging and pumping over was used to optimise flavour, colour and tannin extraction, giving the wine rich concentration and depth of fruit while retaining plush, supple tannins. The wines were left on skins until dry to lengthen tannins and enhance palate line and finish.
Estates of the Barossa St John's Shiraz is great with venison with caramelised shallots and horseradish, or kangaroo fillet with beetroot relish.
This wine will develop with age, softening and mellowing to reward fifteen years or more of careful cellaring.