Joseph Robert Sussex Hackett (1911 – 1998) – ” The Sussex Squire ” was my grandfather who lived his life on the land in the Clare Valley where for over 60 years he bred award winning Angus Beef Cattle. He was a man proud of his own grandfather who left Sussex County (UK) in the 1850s to embark on a new life in Australia and adventure to achieve award winning excellence in their own endeavours.
The JRS Barrel Selection wines represent our best of the best from our single vineyard dry grown vineyards. From selected vintages I choose selected barrels which show something special where the intensity of the fruit and the new oak provide a combination of intensity and balance.
JRS Barrel Selected Cabernet Sauvignon
Our Single Vineyard Samuel Block produces some exceptional fruit from the dry grown low yielding vines. Handpicked and left on skins in 1.5t open fermenters for 12 days and then drained through the basket press without pressing to reduce negative seed tannin. Two new French oak barrels were selected from our trophy winning Samuel Block Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. These barrels showed something special from the oak integration with the fruit. Aged in 100% new French oak for 24 months.
Released Dec 2020
Only 600 bottles produced
pH – 3.13
TA – 8.71
ALC – 14.9%
Food Match: Slow cooked Lamb Shoulder. Cellar 3-15+years
Reviews – 2016 Vintage
92 pts – Halliday Wine Companion 2020 – Steven Creber
92 pts – The Wine Front – Campbell Mattinson
92 pts – WBM – Mike Bennie
GOLD MEDAL – Melbourne International Wine Competition 2019