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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%

expert reviews about

2015 Henschke Johann's Garden Grenache Shiraz

Expert Reviews

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
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
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
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
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 (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 (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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