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 carefully selected barrels in those years. These parcels of Thomas Block Shiraz sit in 100% new French oak for 24 months to add more depth and intensity and complexity.
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 December 2020
Production – 600 bottles
pH – 3.44
TA – 7.26
Alc – 14.9%
94pts – The Wine Front – Gary Walsh
98pts – (Source – Embargo Announcement August 16th 2021)
2016 JRS Barrel Selection Shiraz – Reviews
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – Melbourne International Wine Competition 2018
95pts – Halliday Wine Companion – James Halliday
94pts – The Wine Front – Campbell Mattinson
94pts – WBM – Mike Bennie