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2015 Henschke Johann's Garden Grenache Shiraz

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The Henschke reds are a highlight of our tasting year and we pounced on the chance to secure this Johann's Garden and share the love with you. It’s a canny blend of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz from the Barossa Valley vineyards and the name comes from some of the earliest settlers in the Barossa many whom were known as Johann. The early growers often referred to their vineyards as gardens and we have to admit this particular garden is very well tended! It’s perfumed with raspberries and plums with extraordinary depth of dried spices such as clove, cumin and star anise. The palate is rich and generous, mouth-filling and long. A perfect winter wine to go with a casserole or beef daube.

Winemaker's Notes

Grape variety: 70% Grenache, 25% Mataro and 5% Shiraz grapes grown in the Barossa Valley.

Background: Named as a tribute to the early Barossa Lutheran pioneers, many of whom carried the first name of Johann. Their toil, perseverance and conservatism in hardship has meant that the many generations that followed rejoiced in the riches of their prudent efforts. Barossa growers traditionally referred to their vineyard as their garden, from the German Weingarten. This blend is just one of those blessings. The traditions and culture have survived to this day, including the winemaking techniques used in this Grenache blend. It is produced from low-yielding, old, gnarled, dry-grown bush and trellised vines on limestone soils from selected vineyards.

Vintage description: A traditionally wet winter, mild spring and excellent fruit set provided a great start to the 2015 vintage after four vintages with below average yields. Spring was dry and led into a very mild, dry summer with no disease, resulting in fruit with higher natural acidity, and incredible flavour and colour concentration. It was a dry, warm and windy start to January, with some welcome rain at the end of the month coinciding with the onset of veraison; perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyards. Mild weather followed from February through to April providing a fairytale vintage, with most of our white varieties and some Eden Valley Shiraz in the winery before Easter. Barossa Valley growers red varieties, together with our estate Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills fruit followed soon after, eventually winding down at the end of April as the rain and cooler temperatures set in. The 2015 vintage has provided stunning signature regional varieties that show extraordinary flavour, purity of fruit and acid balance with the potential for excellent ageing.

Wine description: Vibrant crimson with garnet hues. Intense and alluring aromas of fresh raspberries, dark plums and cumquat are complemented beautifully by savoury nuances of mace, nutmeg, cracked black pepper, anise and Dutch licorice. The palate is pure and concentrated with ripe raspberry and dark plum flavours balanced by hints of chicory, candied orange and black pepper; complex layers of texture, minerality and fine-grained velvety tannins with an exceptionally long finish.

Cellaring potential: Exceptional vintage, 20+ years (from vintage).

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2015 Henschke Johann's Garden Grenache Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Mike Bennie (2015 Vintage) says
This is the 20th release of this wine! Happy birthday. It’s all about grenache mataro shiraz. Jubey-sweet scents showing blackcurrants, raspberry, sniff of vanilla, suggestion of choc-liqourice and mint. Palate is really fresh feeling, sweetish too but cut with brisk acidity and a web of barely there, soft, but edge-giving tannins. Spreads nicely in the mouth, soft, and finishes long with lip-smacking fruitiness. Nicely done.
2016 - 2028
91
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
A 66/29/5% blend of grenache, viognier and shiraz (for structure); 3-4-year-old oak 12 months then blended for bottling. Good colour; considerable texture, almost viscous; liqueur cherry/raspberry; spicy, wonderful grenache; very good mouthfeel; black fruits, licorice, glossy finish.
To 2019
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
95
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Generously fruited, this spicy blend has a slightly varnishy bouquet of raisins, currants, blueberries and beetroot backed by nuances of dark, plums, bitumen and meaty notes. It's deep and dark, pleasingly layered and largely grenache-driven with some assertive mataro notes and a hint of varnish. Supported by firmish, dusty tannin, it finishes with a pleasing length of primary fruit, but remains a fraction spiky for a higher rating.
2014-2017+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
90
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
92
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Smooth, supple and fruit-driven, with a rather closed but deeply scented perfume of blackberries, red berries, dark plums and blue flowers laced with dusty spices. It's gentle and refined, with a juicy sweetness of blueberries, blackberries, dark plums and briar backed by restrained older oak and a pliant, loose-knit spine. It finishes bright and refreshing, with a lingering core of intense black, blue and red berry flavours.
2018-2022+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
2020
Australian Wine Companion 2012
93
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Its complex bouquet slowly reveals layers of confiture-like dark plums, blackberries, blueberries and red cherries with underlying floral, earthy and meaty qualities. Juicy and jammy, its palate-staining, briery expression of blueberries and plums is framed by a firm, rather closed grip of chalky tannin, finishing long and harmonious, with a lingering core of fruit and a hint of iodide.
The Australian Wine Annual
92
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A three-way blend of grenache (71%), mataro (20%) and shiraz (9%), this remains at the brink of the ripeness seen in the 2008 edition yet delivers a compellingly spicy wine, with cinnamon and clove-laced dark fruits and some darker earthy nuances. The palate's nicely weighted and has the right mix of soft, fleshy fruit and sturdy structure, with toasty oak buried in deep. A convincing, lingering finish.
2015
The Good Wine Guide
92
Angus Hughson (2008 Vintage) says
Impressive and very youthful, promising nose. Meaty, savoury, spicy fruit underlain by sweet dark berry flavours. Generous and sweet fruit in a compact package, some new oak nuances finishing with firm, fine grained tannins. Will do well with age.
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Angus Hughson (2007 Vintage) says
A little closed aromatically. A little warm, mid weight red fruit, supple and silky nice length. Excellent length, fine tannins, peacock tail emerges. Hard to rate at the moment.
93
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
An alluring, heady perfume of violets, blueberries, cherries, dark plums and charcuterie meats with spicy, peppery undertones precedes a sweet, broad and juicy palate whose luscious, soft and expansive expression of red, black and blue fruits and fine grainy tannins moves pleasingly towards a rather a meaty finish backed by suggestions of dried herbs. Supported by soft, gentle tannins and finished by soft acids, it culminates in a lingering spirity sweetness.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A deliciously fruited wine that waltzes away with its alcohol hidden under its skirts; two-thirds grenache, sourced from the Eden and BarossaValleys.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Henschke's vineyards are run along biodynamic principles. It's wines like this that make folks wonder what is happening with alcohol levels in Aussie reds. Is it climate change, or are winemakers trying to knock us over? It sure tastes good, though. There's a whiff of salty, seaweed-like fragrance, but beneath that there's a world of goodness, with earth and tar and raspberries met by a good punch of cedary, toasty oak. This is a good-quality blend of shiraz, grenache and mourvedre.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
89
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Aromatic and fresh; a light- to medium-bodied array of raspberry, red cherry and plum flavours with fine tannins and minimal oak; early drinking.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Grenache, mourvedre and shiraz looking showy and ripe, there's plenty of creamy toasty oak, spice and fragrant red perfume. The palate has bright red fruit flavour and an upbeat 2006-vintage character, plenty of ripeness and poise, some bright springy tannin, shapely and supple.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
93
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Scented with black pepper, this is a dark-fruited red whose sumptuous expression of brambly and confiture-like blueberries, cassis, raspberries and blackberries overlies a slightly spirity aspect of meaty, raisined flavours. Underpinned by firmish but fine-grained tannins and creamy oak, its long, ripe and juicy palate finishes a little warm, with suggestions of licorice and spice.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Excellent clear purple colour; has lift and focus to the vibrantly fresh berry fruits, finishing with fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
93
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
Here's one of those hints that will make you realise how clever you ere to buy this book: 2004 as a vintage in South Aussie might get the hype, but '05 is also exceptional. Of course, Blind Freddie can see that pretty much anything Henschke touches is first class. The '05 Giles is the best pinot they've done and likewise for the 2006 Lenswood Croft chardy... Hill of Grace... Mt Edelstone... blah blah blah. This too: a gorgeous juicy grenache-dominant red.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
92
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Stylish and Rhoney, this vibrant wine combines deliciously intense fruit with complexity, shape and savoury quality. Its ethereal, floral perfume reveals a plummy aspect of grenache, with undertones of dark berries. It's sumptuous, ripe and juicy, with intense, mouthfilling fruit finely integrated with a powdery spine of dusty, crunchy tannin.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Bright red-purple; vibrant and fragrant; light- to medium-bodied, but an intense and long spray of red fruits; shows just what can be done with this blend.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A spicy, finely structured and early-drinking red blend whose juicy flavours are framed by silky tannins. There's a floral aspect about its perfume of star anise, blueberries, cranberries and ripe plums, with a subtle background of lightly dusty vanilla oak. Tightly integrated, long and lively, its summer pudding-like delivery of dark berry and plum flavours and vanilla/coconut oak culminates in a lingering finish of licorice-like fruit and dried herbs.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
91
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Lovely juicy, grapey aromas leap from the glass; fruit leads into the mouth, then unexpected tannins take over. A wine in two parts.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Steeped in ethereal, musky spices, this outstanding southern Rhone blend is built around an impressive core of vibrant, dark fruit and underpinned by firm, but powder-fine tannins. Its complex and peppery bouquet and deeply flavoured but elegant palate are supported by restrained cedar/vanilla oak. It finishes long, dry and earthy, with a persistent core of tightly focused spicy fruit
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
95
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Berries, herbs, spices and tobacco aromas, the supple, smooth and elegant palate flowing effortlessly across the tongue.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
95
Angus Hughson (2001 Vintage) says
Mellow aged bouquet - leather, cigars. Dry, surprisingly punchy dark berry fruit, although with a little too much alcohol. Some firm tannins, and excellent fruit length. This will drink on.
92
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the aromatic tangy/juicy/jammy/spicy grenache aromas dominate the bouquet; the flavours come together well on the light to medium-bodied palate, which has good texture and structure. A blend of 50 per cent Grenache, 30 per cent Mourvedre and 20 per cent Shiraz which belies its 15 per cent alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
89
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; clean, sweet, juicy/spicy varietal fruit aromas lead into a very attractive, supple palate with sweet berry fruit, fine tannins and minimal oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
93

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