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2016 Johann’s Garden


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Barossa Valley

Deep crimson in colour with purple hues. Incredibly fragrant aromas of raspberry, dark plum, spicy blueberry and red currant are complemented by notes of mace, nutmeg, white pepper and musk. The rich and intense palate shows excellent structure and complexity, bursting with wild berry, dark plum and entwined with an array of dried spices. Layers of firm yet silky tannins provide exceptional length.

Refreshingly medium-bodied, it has entrancing spicy red berry flavours and fine, lingering tannins.

Max Allen, Australian Financial Review, 24 August 2018
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Product Information

Grape varieties
  • 66% Grenache
  • 31% Mataro
  • 3% Shiraz
Technical Details
Bottle Size
Harvest Date
3 March - 5 April
Grenache, mataro and shiraz vinified separately. Matured in seasoned French hogsheads for 8 months prior to blending and bottling.
Named as a tribute to the early German Silesian pioneers of the Barossa, 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. 
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Cellaring potential
Excellent vintage, 20+ years (from vintage)
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Vintage Description

The 2016 vintage began with well below-average winter rainfall, followed by a warm and dry spring, which enhanced flowering and fruit set. Low disease pressure was maintained by one of the hottest Decembers on record, though temperatures cooled down in the New Year and rainfall around veraison in late January brought relief to the dry-grown vineyards. This was followed by further rainfall in early March with an earlier harvest as predicted due to an early Easter. Open, light and airy vine canopies allowed for good flavour, sugar and colour, and mature tannins to develop at harvest, which was overall characterised by average yields but very high quality.


Silver Medal
Barossa Wine Show


Max Allen Australian Financial Review

August, 24 2018

"Superb vintage of the grenache/mourvedre/shiraz blend that the Henschkes have been refining for two decades. Refreshingly medium-bodied (despite 14.5 per cent alcohol), it has entrancing spicy red berry flavours and fine, lingering tannins."

Mike Bennie The Wine Front

June, 27 2018

"It is a wine made to show off grenache (66%) with 33% mataro and a splash of shiraz. Young Johann Henschke describes it as a wine that the family imagines their ancestors would drink in style, from the Barossa. Rich, slippery red of hearty, dark fruit flavours, forest berries and plums, with the sense of concentrated heft of slurpy, warming, sweet grenache. A big mouthful, generous and open weave and yet some grit to tannin lends a hand too. Opulent stuff, done well."


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