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2015 Johann’s Garden

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$56.00

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Region
Barossa Valley
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.

Aromas of red fruits and a hint of spice, the light-bodied palate bursting with fresh red fruits. A definite drink-soon - style while all the exuberant fruits are on full display.

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018
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Product Information

Vintage
2015
Grape varieties
  • 70% Grenache
  • 25% Mataro
  • 5% Shiraz
Technical Details
Alcohol
14.5%
pH
3.49
Acidity
5.9g/L
Bottle Size
750mL
Harvest Date
5 March - 1 April
Maturation
Grenache, mataro and shiraz vinified separately. Matured in seasoned French hogsheads for 9 months prior to blending and bottling.
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.
Serving Temperature
15°C
Cellaring potential
Exceptional vintage, 20+ years (from vintage)
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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.

Awards

Title
Gold Medal
Year
2016
Event
Barossa Wine Show
Title
Year
2016
Event
Included in Hot 100 Wines South Australia (Class: Structural and Savoury)

Reviews

Lisa Perrotti-Brown Wine Advocate

August, 2017

“…nose of kirsch, aniseed, mulberries and potpourri with touches of Chinese five spice, black loam and Sichuan pepper. Medium to full-bodied, plush and full-on sexy on the palate, it delivers layers of soft, exotically laced fruit with plenty of lingering spice notes on the finish.”

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James Halliday Halliday Wine Companion 2018

August, 2017

"Aromas of red fruits and a hint of spice, the light-bodied palate bursting with fresh red fruits. A definite drink-soon - style while all the exuberant fruits are on full display."

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Maryann Worobiec Wine Spectator

July, 2017

“Bursting with wild strawberry, spice and cedar flavors, plus a side of fresh, loamy earth and savory, minerally notes....”

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Tony Love Wine with Tony Love - Herald Sun

August, 2016

"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."

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Des Houghton Courier Mail

August, 2016

"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."

Mike Bennie The Wine Front

August, 2016

"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."

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Ross Noble Mount Barker Courier

August, 2016

"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."

Max Allen The Australian

July, 2016

"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."

Halliday Tasting Notes Wine Companion, Melbourne

"70% grenache, 25% mataro and 5% shiraz from various Barossa Valley vineyards. The colour is clear but bright, the aromas of red fruits and a hint of spice, the light to mediumbodied palate bursting with fresh red fruits, but (happily) no confectionery. A definite drink soon style while all the exuberant fruits are on full display. 14.5% ale."

David Prestipino WINESTEIN UNCORKED

"A blend of grenache (70%) and mataro (25%) with 5% of shiraz produced from low-yielding, old, gnarled, dry-grown bush vines from selected Barossa vineyards. It’s intensely perfumed, with savoury flavours like licorice and black pepper, while the palate is long and oozes velvety texture and tannins."

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