2022 Johann's Garden

Barossa Valley

Grenache Mataro blend

Bright ruby with garnet hues. Perfumed aromas of freshly cut plum and rhubarb are complemented by delicate notes of violet and lavender, with alluring hints of fresh mace, nutmeg and white pepper. The palate is rich, juicy and plush, with fresh red berries, raspberry and vanilla spice flavours, carried by fresh acidity and a long, elegant finish of fine tannins.

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Bright ruby with garnet hues. Perfumed aromas of freshly cut plum and rhubarb are complemented by delicate notes of v...

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BACKGROUND

This wine is named as a tribute to the early Silesian community 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. Their traditions and culture have survived to this day, including the winemaking techniques of open-top fermentation used in this grenache mataro blend. It is produced from low-yielding Barossa Survivor Vines, categorised by the Barossa Old Vine Charter as vines that are equal or greater than 70 years old. These gnarled, dry-grown bush and trellised vines from selected vineyards in the Barossa Valley are grown in soils ranging from friable clay loam with limestone fragments to deep sandy loam over clay. Barossa growers traditionally referred to their vineyard as their ‘garden’, from the German der Weingarten.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Varieties: 79% Grenache | 21% Mataro
Harvest Date: 24 March - 23 April
Alcohol: 14.5%
Vintage rating: Exceptional vintage

Cellaring potential:
15+ years (from vintage)

VINTAGE

Above average 2021 winter rainfall helped to refill soil profiles and the cool, slow start to the growing season resulted in budburst occurring slightly later than average. A frost event occurred on 11 October, followed by an extreme hail event on 28 October, and the cold and wet weather mid-November coincided with flowering, and impacted fruit-set and potential yields. December and January provided a burst of summer heat, however at the beginning of vintage another severe weather event dealt a deluge of rain and even more hail to some parts of the region. While mild and dry conditions followed, the cumulative impacts of the season’s weather events resulted in lower yields across the region. The 2022 wines show great aromatics, balance of acidity and a bright core of flavour.

This wine is named as a tribute to the early Silesian community 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. Their traditions and culture have survived to this day, including the winemaking techniques of open-top fermentation used in this grenache mataro blend. It is produced from low-yielding Barossa Survivor Vines, categorised by the Barossa Old Vine Charter as vines that are equal or greater than 70 years old. These gnarled, dry-grown bush and trellised vines from selected vineyards in the Barossa Valley are grown in soils ranging from friable clay loam with limestone fragments to deep sandy loam over clay. Barossa growers traditionally referred to their vineyard as their ‘garden’, from the German der Weingarten.

Varieties: 79% Grenache | 21% Mataro
Harvest Date: 24 March - 23 April
Alcohol: 14.5%
Vintage rating: Exceptional vintage

Cellaring potential:
15+ years (from vintage)

Above average 2021 winter rainfall helped to refill soil profiles and the cool, slow start to the growing season resulted in budburst occurring slightly later than average. A frost event occurred on 11 October, followed by an extreme hail event on 28 October, and the cold and wet weather mid-November coincided with flowering, and impacted fruit-set and potential yields. December and January provided a burst of summer heat, however at the beginning of vintage another severe weather event dealt a deluge of rain and even more hail to some parts of the region. While mild and dry conditions followed, the cumulative impacts of the season’s weather events resulted in lower yields across the region. The 2022 wines show great aromatics, balance of acidity and a bright core of flavour.

94 points
"This has become a more sophisticated wine over the years. There’s a mineral aspect, and a run of graphite, both of which go perfectly with the licorice and raspberry characters, not to mention the earthen, almost rusty spice notes. A whisper of reduction has been put to positive effect, while fine sheets of tannin lend the entire back half of the wine an impression of dryness and control. This wine...

CAMPBELL MATTINSON, WINEFRONT.COM

93 points
"Bright red and really youthful in the glass. Pretty aromas of dried herbs, violets, blueberry, cherry and bramble. Sweet, fleshy, blue fruited and fragrant on the palate. There’s a plushness and roundness to the fruit and it has a real generosity of flavour. The tannins and acid both perform admirably and bring texture, shape and cut. Lovely drinking."

AARON BRASHER, THE REAL REVIEW