Bright ruby with pale ruby hues. Complex aromas of ripe blue plum, blueberry, raspberry and violets, with charcuterie, nutmeg, mace and black pepper, and undertones of lemongrass, turmeric and mace. A rich and supple medium-bodied palate of raspberry, baked plum with hints of musk, and savoury celery salt and peppercorn spice, driven by rolling, fresh acidity and fine-grained tannins for a long, polished finish.
...Bright, slippery, long and joyful kind of feel to drink. So much charm and ease of drinking here, but with good rub of tannin, depth of flavour, detail of spice, fruit, savoury elements.
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. This blend is just one of those blessings. The traditions and culture have survived to this day, including the traditional winemaking techniques of open-top fermentation 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 in the Barossa Valley. Barossa growers traditionally referred to their vineyard as their ‘garden’, from the German weingarten.
"... Quite deeply coloured, it opens with very pure red cherry, spice, earth and even sightly floral aromas that showcase its open-knit and generous style – despite its youth this wine is already open for business. The palate is slightly more reserved, with meaty, tarry, fruit pastille flavours sitting on a fleshy palate which is supported by supple tannins. Very Henschke with its subtle appeal and a good effort too that will drink well over the medium term."
"...Lush, supple, sweet-hearted red, all blackcurrant jelly, raspberry lollies, fennel, liquorice and choc-mint characters. There’s synergy in flavours and aromas, they do well as an echo of each other. Bright, slippery, long and joyful kind of feel to drink. So much charm and ease of drinking here, but with good rub of tannin, depth of flavour, detail of spice, fruit, savoury elements."
"Deepish red/purple, bright young colour. The bouquet is fresh and slightly peppery, dusty and dark-cherry-plummy. The palate is medium-bodied, intense, bright and fresh, taut and firm with a nicely judged backbone of tannin. There’s very good intensity of fruit flavour, spicy and dark-berry-ish. Medium to full-body, with lovely balance and satisfying length. A fine glass of red."