As the owners of St John’s Road, we admit we are a motley bunch ourselves. Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro have all been grown successfully in the Barossa for in excess of 150 years, and all three are wonderful chameleons, able to lend themselves to producing a beautiful rich, soft and complete red table wine.
The St John’s Road vineyard consists of vines up to 96 years old and totals 20 hectares. Winemaker Phil Lehmann - the youngest son of two Barossa icons, Margaret and Peter Lehmann - likens the preservation of these old vineyards to a combination of ‘respecting your elders’ with minimal interference. Phil pays complete respect to the age of the vines and the varying vintage conditions in order for the full flavour potential of these vines to be realised.
Colour: Deep burgundy with a vibrant hue of chestnut and crimson. Nose: Generous and inviting aromatics of crushed raspberry and dark cherry, coupled with a swirling undercurrent of spice and rose petals. Hints of oak bring balance to both the spice and floral aromatics. Palate: A fresh and lively, medium bodied palate bursting with wild berry fruits and Satsuma plum. Supple and open, the primary fruits gradually yield to a background of tar and savoury spice. This complex array of ripe flavours merge with rounded tannins, and firm acidity, giving the palate a lingering texture. Cellaring Potential: 3 – 5 years.