JRS “The Sussex Squire” Barrel Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

$70.00

The best barrels of our dry grown trophy winning Samuel Block Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 24months in 100% new French oak. An integration of the rich Cab Sav fruit and new oak producing deep intense dark berry and tasty oak complexity with a soft tannin to finish.

Food Match: Slow cooked Lamb Shoulder. Cellar 3-15+years

 

Sussex Squire JRS Barrel Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

RATING 92+pts

Dry-grown cabernet sauvignon from the Clare Valley. Two brand new French oak barrels.

Stern and tannic but sweet of fruit. Coconut, sweet plum, choc-mint and vanilla ice-cream. Tannin draws heavily through the wine; every skerrick of flavour and tannin has been extracted. The fruit (and oak) feels soft in general so it can easily be enjoyed now, but given the heft here you’d reckon it will be better again once it’s had time to mellow.

Rated : 92+ Points
Tasted : Jun19
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $70
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2021 – 2030+

Reviews

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

Description

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 2016 vintage.  These barrels showed something special from the oak integration with the fruit. Aged in 100% new French oak for 24 months.

Released Dec 2018

Only 105 Six Packs produced  – only 15 6-packs left (August 1st 2020)

pH – 3.48

TA – 7.17

ALC – 14.8%

Food Match: Slow cooked Lamb Shoulder. Cellar 3-15+years

 

Reviews

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

Reviews

Sussex Squire JRS Barrel Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

RATING 92+pts

Dry-grown cabernet sauvignon from the Clare Valley. Two brand new French oak barrels.

Stern and tannic but sweet of fruit. Coconut, sweet plum, choc-mint and vanilla ice-cream. Tannin draws heavily through the wine; every skerrick of flavour and tannin has been extracted. The fruit (and oak) feels soft in general so it can easily be enjoyed now, but given the heft here you’d reckon it will be better again once it’s had time to mellow.

Rated : 92+ Points
Tasted : Jun19
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $65
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2021 – 2030+