There Comes A Time
2020 Shiraz Cabernet

2020 There Comes A Time Shiraz Cabernet

Ken and Helen Semmler’s beloved St Jakobi vineyard hosts a number of grape varieties with Shiraz leading the way. Down the track from the 1975 planted Shiraz, towards the St Jakobi Church, are eight short rows of Cabernet Sauvignon planted way back in 1978.

The great red blend of Shiraz and Cabernet is not only the classic Australian blend but is uniquely Australian. Blending Cabernet with Shiraz works a treat! These two varieties go together so well and make wines that have wonderful structure and flavour.

Our 2020 TCAT blend is a mix of 73% Shiraz and 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, where Shiraz provides the round mid palate and softness of fruit, and the Cabernet provides the backbone and hint of lifted berry fruit. The wonderful 2020 Vintage gave us the right conditions for both Cabernet and Shiraz grapes to come together beautifully providing a wine that is rich in flavour, mouth filling and having great potential for bottle aging while still very enjoyable as a younger wine. It’s quite fitting to release this classic Aussie Blend as our “Farewell” wine.

After working in the wine world for over 40 years and having 50 or so Vintages under my belt, it’s now time to hang up my boots.

During these years we also built ourselves a winery and brand, first squashing grapes from the beloved St Jakobi vineyard way back in 1990. That’s now 30 plus years ago!

That’s many foot steps over these many years walking through the vines clocking up the kilometres sampling grapes while choosing the right day to squash them. That’s many ferments and a shed load of barrels filled with the precious juice. It’s been a wonderful time and great career.

Meeting many good folk on our journey has been a highlight!

“There Comes a Time”

Time now to reflect and remember the good times. Time to say “Thank You” for being part of our journey and now time to smell the roses or to even go fishing.

These 2020 reds of ours will be the last Vintage produced by us here in the Dutschke Shed.

Thanks to you all for your friendship and for being a particularly important part of our journey.

We trust you’ll enjoy the wine.


Winemaker: Wayne Dutschke
Vineyard: St Jakobi Vineyard
Vineyard Block: “1975” Block Shiraz & “1978” Block Cabernet
Region: Lyndoch, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Harvest dates: Shiraz harvested on 2 March 2020. Cabernet Sauvignon 10th March 2020
Blend: 73% Shiraz & 27% Cabernet
Alcohol: 14.5%
Oak maturation: 18 months in 1- and 2-year-old French and American Oak Hogsheads
Bottling date: September 2021
Cellaring potential: Drink now, or allow to mature for a number of years, to enjoy as a more complex wine.

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