2017 GHR Neighbours Shiraz
Since shifting here to Gods Hill Road back in 2003 our philosophy of being a producer of solely single vineyard wines from our beloved St Jakobi Vineyard changed. We of course still produce our single vineyard favourites from the St Jakobi Vineyard, but also wines from the three vineyards we drive past while travelling to the Semmler’s vineyard. Our philosophy these days is to only produce wine from grapes grown within close proximity of our front gate.
We’ve been blessed by being able to call our little “patch of dirt” here on Gods Hill Road our home. Gods Hill Road is almost 2km long, and runs along a small hill range on the western side of the Lyndoch Valley. Along this short stretch of dirt road are some wonderful Shiraz vineyards growing on a great collection of soil types. Out of our living room window we have Max’s Vineyard established on some sandy terrain with scatterings of ironstone and quartz; Staker’s Vineyard of Shiraz is located on the eastern side of the road on Benno Semmler’s old property with red-brown earth over clay; and at the southern end of Gods Hill Road, the old (Wally) Krieg Vineyard, much of it planted back in the 1920 and 1930’s growing on some red dirt over clay and biscay soils.
This, our 2017 GHR Neighbours Shiraz, is the 13th release of this wine. A blend of Shiraz from all three vineyards, the ripe red berry and plum like fruits that we know Shiraz delivers is combined with flavours of mocha and spice from the 18 months of barrel maturation. The French and American oak characters complement the sweet fruit mid palate concentration and the range of red berry flavours. Soft dry tannins highlight the finish.
We trust you’ll enjoy it!
|Vineyard:||“Max’s Vineyard”, “Wally’s Block” and “Staker’s Vineyard”|
|Region:||Gods Hill Road, Lyndoch, Barossa Valley, South Australia|
|Harvest date:||15th Mar (Max’s), 15th March (Wally’s), and 17th Mar (Staker’s) 2017|
|Oak maturation:||18 months in new & older French and American Hogsheads|
|Bottling date:||October 2018|
|Cellaring potential:||Drink now or cellar for more complexity|
92 points, James Halliday Wine Companion 2020
While it has regional appeal with a bright fruit profile and spices, it’s not an overwhelming red. Feels lighter with tangy-sweet-sour elements; oak tannins leave a mark and there’s a slight bitter green walnut note on the finish.
93 points, Tyson Stelzer Barossa Mag Spring 2019
This is my kind of vintage in the Barossa – tangy, spicy, vibrant, energetic and characterful, while upholding the supple structure, glossy fruit and milk chocolate nuances that we expect of this fabled region. GHR is one of my perpetual go-tos for affordable Barossa and this vintage exemplifies its mandate of impressive fruit integrity and skilful winemaking as confidently as any.