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Tyrrell's 'Sacred Sites - Johnno's' Shiraz
One of Tyrrell's Sacred Sites wines, which are made only from vines that are more than 100 years old and on their own roots.
The vines were planted in 1908 on sandy soil, very different to the vivid red clay of the 4 and 8 Acres wines. The colour is on par with its peers, but from that point on, it's on its own. The bouquet is earthy, in the style of the region at large. There's spice also in play on a complex matrix, and the fruit reveals itself after much swirling and fiddling. The palate has quite wonderful red fruits studded with spices that cast a net over me, causing me to drink the tasting sample. 98 points, James Halliday
The Johnno's Block vineyard was planted in 1908, on sandy alluvial soils. The fruit from this vineyard was picked a week later (February 23rd) than the 4 Acres and the 8 Acres fruit. Darker in color and with more depth on the nose, this 2021 Johnno's Shiraz is laden with cocoa, star anise, cooking spices, Dutch licorice and a whiff of pastrami. In the mouth, this is dark and brooding (not a comment on alcohol, this, like the others, is 13%) and ferruginous, with a snarl of tannin and spice woven through the finish. It's a standout wine and one that will get better in time, as it gains acceleration in the dark spice space.
96+ Points, Erin Larkin, The Wine Advocate.
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