2016 Shiraz Cabernet Merlot

2016 Uncle Shiraz Cabernet Merlot

Way back in 1990, Uncle Ken and I produced our first dry red blend of Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot and labelled it “WillowBend”. Our idea was to produce a consistently full and flavoursome wine by blending the varieties that perform best on Ken and Helen’s’ St. Jakobi Vineyard, the property previously owned by my grandfather and Ken’s father, Oscar Semmler.

These days the same red blend continues but is now named “Uncle”, as it is Unle Ken, along with his wife Helen, who nurture the vines that produce the grapes which go into this blend. The 2016 Uncle is a mix of Shiraz (47%), Cabernet (29%) and Merlot (24%). These three grape varieties come to gether to provide a round, soft, red berry fruit palate with fine oak and fruit tannin support.

Having produced this red blend for many years, it has always proven to be a wine that can be enjoyed as a young wine, but is consistently reliable in developing rich and complex characters during medium to long term cellaring.

We trust you’ll enjoy it!

Winemaker: Wayne Dutschke
Vineyard: Ken & Helen Semmler’s St. Jakobi Vineyard
Region: Lyndoch, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Harvest date: Shiraz 24th Feb & 2nd March, Cabernet 4th March and Merlot 18th Feb 2016
Varietal percentages: 47% Shiraz, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot
Alcohol: 14.5%
Oak maturation: 20 month in new and older French and American oak hogsheads
Bottling date: September 2017
Cellaring potential: Drink now or for many years to come as more complexity develops

91 points, James Halliday Wine Companion 2019

Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grown on mature vines and aged in 50/50% French/American oak, 25% of it new. Warm, rich, sweet and generous. Candied redcurrant, plum, a touch of blackberry. Oak has had modest impact at most, traces of cedar wood and coffee-cream the main giveaways. Concentration of flavour here is very good.

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