JRS “The Sussex Squire” Barrel Selection Shiraz 2016

$75.00

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 intergration. 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 tanin 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  – 5 x 6pack remaining

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Melbourne International Wine Competition 2018

95pts – Halliday Wine Companion – James Halliday

94pts – The Wine Front – Campbell Mattinson

94pts – WBM – Mike Bennie

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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 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%

 

Awards

AWARDS

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Melbourne International Wine Competition 2018

2016 JRS Barrel Selection Shiraz

Campbell Mattinson 

RATING 93+pts

Dry-grown shiraz from the Clare Valley. Two brand new French oak barrels. 55 dozen released. Hefty but neat as a pin. Sure there’s a good hit of oak here but the fruit matches it step for step and overall it presents as balanced. It boasts flavours of blackberry, iodine, mint, dark chocolate, condensed milk and a general smoky/toastiness. It’s warm, rich but well mannered. This will mature well for yonks, but it’s already drinking well. 

Rated : 93+ Points
Tasted : jan19
Alcohol : 14.9%
Price : $65
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2020 – 2030+

 

Previous Vintages

2015 Vintage JRS Shiraz REVIEW – ‘The Wine Front’  – Campbell Mattinson

 One brand spanking new French oak barrel was filled with the best shiraz from the best estate block. There it matured for 21 months (six months longer than the Thomas Block Shiraz). 33 dozen was the result. It’s called the JRS Barrel Selection.

As is often the case with such releases the oak has been a little overdone. It doesn’t sit as hand-in-glove as it does in the Thomas Block Shiraz, for instance, and tends to stick out like an unkempt shirt. That aside though, the fruit itself is obviously of the highest quality, and the oak in isolation is terribly tasty too. Chocolate, spearmint, florals, fresh plums, a raft of blackberry, even some briar. The good news is the time will bring the oak into better alignment, at which time we’ll have a ballburster on our hands. In any case there’s no hurry: this has a long life ahead.

 Rated : 94pts  Drink : 2020 – 2030+

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