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 Sussex Squire Single Vineyard Thomas Block produces some exceptional fruit from the dry grown low yielding vines. If the vintage condition are right and the fruit quality is excellent I will look at producing a single parcel of wine from a carefully selected barrel in those years.
I selected a couple of our best new French barrels from our fantastic 2016 Vintage that showed something extra from the oak integration. We left it in barrel for a further 9 months for a total of 24 months to let it develop further to show a wonderful tanin structure with balanced fruit and oak flavours on the palate.
Tasting Notes : Dry grown Clare Valley Shiraz with lovely concentrated dark fruit, blackberry, raspberry and chocolate and mocha flavours balanced in the 100% new French oak that balances with the fine tannin structure that this vineyard can produce.
Approachable now with decanting, but will develop beautifully over the next 10+Years
Released June 8th 2018
Production -130 six-packs (now 5 six -packs) July 2020
pH – 3.44
TA – 7.26
Alc – 14.9%