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.
2019 JRS Barrel Selection Shiraz – New Release
Tasting Notes : Dry grown Clare Valley Shiraz with lovely concentrated dark red, blackberry, blueberry fruit and chocolate and mocha notes balanced in 100% new French oak to balance the fine tannin structure that this vineyard can produce.
Approachable now with decanting, but will develop beautifully over the next 10+Years
Released September 2022
Production – 800 bottles
pH – 3.45
TA – 7.09
Alc – 14.1%
2018 JRS Barrel Selection Shiraz – Reviews
94pts – The Wine Front – Gary Walsh
98pts – Winestate International Shiraz Challenge 2021
Winestate – Top 5 finalist in ‘Shiraz of the Year ‘ 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