2016 St. Jakobi Shiraz
The grapes for the Dutschke “St. Jakobi” Shiraz come from a small 5-acre (32 rows) planting of Shiraz vines on Ken and Helen Semmler’s St. Jakobi Vineyard, planted by Ken (Oscar’s son & my uncle) in 1975. This special planting of vineyard consistently produces high quality fruit year after year and gives us wine that is rich in spice, dark cherry and chocolate characters with fullness and wonderful structure for longevity in the bottle.
Picking across this block on two separate occasions gave us two individual parcels of Shiraz. A contrast of East vs West. The parcels are fermented separately in static open fermenters under the verandah at our winery on Gods Hill Road and each batch of wine is then transferred to a range of new and older French and American barrels, supplied to us by 9 different coopers. Using a wide range of different oak hogsheads gives us a better opportunity to put together a more interesting wine than if we were to use oak from only one supplier.
The 2016 St. Jakobi Shiraz shows a range of flavoursome dark berry fruit flavours, is mouth filling and finishes with fine drying tannins. It displays the full potential of the Shiraz fruit that grows on this “precious patch” of dirt.
We trust you’ll enjoy it!
|Vineyard:||Ken & Helen Semmler’s St. Jakobi Vineyard on the “1975 Block Shiraz”|
|Region:||Lyndoch, Barossa Valley, South Australia|
|Harvest date:||First pick on the 22nd of February and second on the 24th of February 2016|
|Oak maturation:||20 months in new and older French and American Hogsheads|
|Bottling date:||November 2017|
|Cellaring potential:||Drink now or cellar for more complexity|
94 points, James Halliday Wine Companion 2019
From a Shiraz block planted at Lyndoch in ’75. Matured in both French and American oak, 25% new. Silky smooth and rich with sweet fruit flavour. Raspberry and blackberry jam, caramel, coal and earth. Hefty but remarkably fresh and energetic. It takes tannin and alcohol in its stride. Finishes with a creamy burst of flavour, oak pulling slightly ahead in the race. It’s the Barossa writ large.
95 points, Tyson Stelzer Barossa Mag Spring 2019
I love the heights to which the Barossa can attain in rich density, grand complexity and profound persistence, but only the finest sites and most talented practitioners can unite this with the vibrancy of natural acidity, enduring tannin structure and neatly integrated oak. Wayne Dutschke has achieved this delicate balancing act in 2016 in a wine of show-stopping presence, concentration and undeviating line. Magnificent.