Johann Georg Shiraz is a single vineyard wine produced from an ancient vineyard on our Kalleske estate at Greenock, in the North-Western Barossa Valley. The vineyard was planted in 1875 and the gnarly, dry-grown vines produce extremely low yields. As this wine is from the oldest vineyard on our Kalleske farm, it is a fitting tribute to name the wine in honour of the first Kalleske to migrate to Australia. Johann Georg Kalleske migrated from Prussia to South Australia in 1838 aboard the Prince George. Johann’s descendants now meticulously tend the Johann Georg vineyard planted two centuries ago. An amazing wine, produced in tiny quantities and destined for long term cellaring, Johann Georg Shiraz is truly something special.
Johann 2015 is dark red-purple in colour. Freely emanating from the glass are inviting and complex aromatics. Dark cherries, dried fig and licorice are complemented with savoury cured meats, cedar and crushed herbs. The palate is sophisticated and brooding. Richly layered with dark fruits and ample generosity. These ripe black fruits are aptly balanced with smart oak and bright natural acidity. Tannins are pronounced but extremely fine and integrated adding structure and liveliness. Completing this distinguished ancient vine Shiraz is an incredibly long finish. 2015 Johann is a superb wine that will ultimately benefit from a decade or two in the cellar.