Introduced as the baby brother to the bold Greenock Shiraz. Jack’s Shiraz of any vintage continues to over-deliver at its price point and the 2006 is no exception!
2006 Jack’s Shiraz eleven years on and drinking superbly!
On release we gave this wine 10 years cellaring, James Halliday gave it 95 points and 10 years cellaring too. We’re generally conservative with the drinking windows on release… But after greatly enjoying this wine tonight it certainly has another 5 or so years to go!
2006 was an excellent vintage, set up from ideal spring/summer rains. Harvest commenced on the 17th March and interestingly shares many parallels with the current 2017 vintage with timely spring/summer rain and perfect harvest conditions. Albiet there was damaging rain to later ripening fruit in both vintages. Our entire crop from our 3 acres of old vine Grenache was lost in 2006 due to late rains causing botrytis. Before history repeated itself, this year we picked our Grenache and Mataro just before irreversible damage from a high level of rain.
As previously mentioned the 2006 Jack’s Shiraz is currently drinking superbly! The colour still has a dark core and red rim with no browning in sight. Initially after opening chocolate, dried herbs and oak prevail. It took 30+ minutes for the fruit to appear, still blackberry and plum dominant. The wine is soft and silky with a lingering finish, just superb for the age and wine calibre.
If you still have some of this rare beauty hidden away, drink now or over the next 5 years!