Every winter weekend, our red-blooded mates take to the field for Australia’s unique brand of football – a true-blue test of skill, strength and character. This classic Barossa Shiraz is a great illustration of teamwork by combining ripe, rich fruit from the vineyard with balanced oak integration and skilful winemaking.
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: Opaque, crimson red with vibrant brick-red hues. Aroma: A complex, lifted nose of dark berry fruits and sweet spice. Blackberry and cherry pastilles are underscored by subtle hints of milk chocolate, sweet vanilla oak. Palate: Rich and densely packed, dark fruit aromas hit the palate with an immediate burst of blackberry and cherry. These primary fruit characters extend through the mid palate, combining with red liquorice to give a lingering, sumptuous finish. Complementing this long aftertaste of fruit flavour is the texture of velvet tannins with a hint of mocha and vanillin oak. Cellaring Potential: 5 – 10 years.