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Jack’s Shiraz 2015

Open Top Fermented | Basket Pressed

2015 Jack’s Shiraz was sourced from the family’s Greenock and Moppa Hill vineyards.  One of the earliest harvests on record for Laughing Jack and commenced on 13th of February.

The grapes were 100% de-stemmed and 80% berries crushed while 20% whole berries remained before being transferred into open top fermenters.  Fermentation was kept on the cooler side with a punch down twice a day and rack and return daily for 10 to 14 days.  After fermentation the wine was then drained to oak barrels and skins were hand shovelled out of the fermenters into the basket press.  The pressings from the basket press are never over extracted, although they may lack the fruit intensity of the free run, the pressings blended back in add tannins for structure.

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Appearance:  Dark core with a crimson/magenta rim.

Aroma:  Spectacularly vibrant with black cherry, mulberries and plum along with elderberry, a character distinct from the Moppa Hill vineyards.  There are also some earthy notes and hints of sage, cinnamon and cloves.

Palate:  Medium bodied with superb drinkability now.  Abundance of dark fruit flavours with soft acidity and smooth supple tannins.

Region:  100% Barossa Valley

Sub Region:  74% Greenock & 26% Moppa

Bottled:  Unfined & unfiltered on 1/11/16

Production:  3200 dozen

pH:  3.61

Total Acid:  6.20 g/L

Alcohol:  14.8%

Peak Drinking:  2016 – 2023 with careful cellaring.

Maturation:  19 months in 60% French Hogsheads (6% new), 37% American Hogsheads (11% new) and 3% new Hungarian oak hogsheads.

Winemaker:  Shawn Kalleske

Last tasted:  29/11/16


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