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St Johns Road Barossa 2016 Shiraz and 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

14 July,2017
St Johns Road was established by Martin and Vivien Rawlinson in 2001 to make authentic Barossa Valley wines. The brand is now operated by Phil Lehmann, Jonathan Hesketh, Dale Wyman, and a number of Barossa winegrowing families who took over on Martin’s passing. Phil Lehmann, Charlie Ormsby and James Lienert are the winemakers, and the fruit is sourced and tended by viticulturist Warwick Murray. The wines are high quality bottlings that continue the Rawlinsons’ vision of expressing the Barossa, its sub regions, varieties and styles. The wines are distributed in New Zealand by Federal Merchants. Here, I review the new 2016 ‘Blood & Courage’ Shiraz and 2015 ‘Line & Length’ Cabernet Sauvignon.


St Johns Road ‘Blood & Courage’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

Syrah from Australia – South Australia

Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour, with slight purple hues on the rim. The nose is full with ripe aromas of black plums and berryfruit aromas with notes of liquorice, chocolate, hints of eucalyptus, and spicy, cedary oak, unfolding a hint of toast. This is deep and rounded and well-concentrated. Full-bodied, the palate has deep and concentrated flavours of ripe black plums with liquorice, chocolate, and layers of spice and cedary oak with nuances of eucalypt. The fruit is rich, sweet and harmoniously presented, and supported by fine-grained, supple tannins and integrated acidity. The flavours carry with good drive and energy to a sustained finish. This is a sweetly rich fruited Shiraz with flavours of ripe dark plums and liquorice with spices and cedary oak on a supple, harmonious palate. Serve with slow cooked beef and lamb dishes over the next 7-8+ years. Fruit from the ‘Kalleske’ and ‘Schutz’ family vineyards as well as from the estate ‘Hill South Block’ of the ‘Ressurection’ vineyard, Ebenezer, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 10% new 300 L hogsheads. 18.5/20 Jul 2017 RRP $29.99

St Johns Road ‘Line & Length’ Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia – South Australia

Dark, very deep, black-hued garnet red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is well-proportioned with very good depth and intensity, with aromas of ripe blackcurrants entwined with mint, menthol and eucalypt, along with mint chocolate and balanced, cedary oak. Full-bodied, the palate has intense flavours of ripe blackcurrants and cassis liqueur melded with layers of menthol and mint, dark herbs and nuances of eucalypt, unfolding spicy oak elements. The fruit is supported by positive extraction with fine, grainy tannins to form an elegant, concentrated core. The palate has good, fresh acidity, and the wine carries to a long, lingering finish. This is an intensely flavoured Cabernet Sauvignon with blackcurrant, cassis, mint and menthol notes on a finely proportioned, grainy-textured and structured palate. Match with roasted lamb, beef and venison, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6-8+ years. Fruit from Merv John’s Valley Floor vineyard, Light Pass, and Phil Lehmann’s Eden Valley plantings, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in mainly 2 and 3 y.o. French oak barriques. 18.0+/20 Jul 2017 RRP $29.99
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