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.
I’ve long had a soft spot for Johann’s Garden, a blend of mostly grenache with some mataro and a smidgen of shiraz. The latest vintage, 2015, is an absolute cracker: gorgeous shimmering spice, layers of translucent purple fruit, fine, endless powdery tannin.
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.
"This is the 20th release of this grenache, mataro and shiraz blend, led by 70 percent grenache and 25 per cent mataro, which plays a strong game here, influencing the aromas and front palate with dark, spicy and heady senses before a more raspberry grenache fruit note appears mid-palate. It’s a robust blend that mirrors what Barossa wine tasted like a century ago, the Henschke crew says."
"Henschke Johann’s Garden Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2015…is a crimson torrent of glorious briary, peppery, raspberry and plum flavours. I think it is one of the lesser-known treasures from the remarkable Henschke clan. But who is the Johann elevated to such importance with his own label? No one in particular, as it turns out. There were many Lutheran pioneers of the Barossa Valley named Johann and this wine honours them all. The Henschke family’s sense of history is everywhere. With talents and wisdom handed down by their forebears, the family produces some of the nation’s top vintages."
"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-licorice 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."
"Named as a tribute to the early Lutheran pioneers, many of whom had the first name Johann and referred to their vineyard as a garden, the Henschke Johann’s Garden Barossa Valley 2015 is a blend, with fruit from gnarled, old bush vines. It comprises 70% grenache, 20% mataro (aka mourvedre) and 5% shiraz fermented separately. It was matured in seasoned French hogsheads for 10 months before blending and bottling. Bright crimson, it gives whiffs of mulberry while the palate proclaims the quality of the fruit with delicious, juicy flavours in an appealing soft, lingering finish. Winemaker Stephen Henschke said after an exceptional vintage he predicted a cellaring potential of 20 + years."
"Among the Henschkes’ less rarefied red portfolio, I’ve long had a soft spot for Johann’s Garden, a blend of mostly grenache with some mataro and a smidgen of shiraz. The latest vintage, 2015, is an absolute cracker: gorgeous shimmering spice, layers of translucent purple fruit, fine, endless powdery tannin."