Country: Australia, Barossa Valley
Tasting Notes: Johann has an incredible colour; from the moment you start to pour it into the glass you take notice. It is extremely dark magenta-black-purple in colour. The aroma is full-on. Big bass notes of blackberries, cherries, plums, prunes, jubes, hollyhock and port wine jelly are the immediate characters. Then the wine transitions to showing aromas of smoke house, bacon and Chinese five spice, in particular some star anise. Generous and plump, upfront juicy black fruit on the full-bodied palate is balanced beautifully by aft acidity. The fruit is at the fore with classy oak restrained in the background. Then the tannins appear, visible but super fine in nature adding a refreshing dryness. The length is incredible, completing this distinguished old vine Barossa Shiraz. A rich fruit driven complex wine that will ultimately benefit from a decade or two in the cellar.
Varietal: 100% Shiraz