2015 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 2015 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 9th of February and second on the 11th of February 2015|
|Oak maturation:||20 months in new and older French and American Hogsheads|
|Bottling date:||November 2016|
|Cellaring potential:||Drink now to 2030 and beyond|
95 points, James Halliday Wine Companion 2018
From Ken Semmler’s vineyard planted ’78, destemmed, open-fermented with cultured yeast, matured in French hogsheads (33% new) for 18 months. Deep crimson-purple; a full-bodied Barossa Valley shiraz straddling traditional and newer winemaking philosophies and practises (the latter mainly in the form of the french oak used). Its depth and balance will see this wine transform itself over the next 10 years and flourish for 20+ years thereafter.
95 points, Tyson Stelzer, Barossa Mag Spring 2018
2015 was a record early vintage in the Barossa (and the fastest to finish!) and Wayne Dutschke made the gamble to be the first to pick. He nailed it, and the evidence is the bright lift, fruit definition and acid drive that define one of his greatest St Jakobis yet. Black fruit depth lingers very long amidst firm, finely crafted tannin structure that promises great longevity.