Varietal: Shiraz (5% Cabernet Franc)
Region: Heathcote, VIC
Colour: Vibrant red with hints of blue hues
Nose: Red and black berries
Palate: Extremely full and complex palate of blackberry, red currant and lightly minted cola. Impeccable tannins and natural acidity in abundance, finishing with the hallmark great length. Possibly a little more approachable as a young wine than in recent vintages, but just as cellarable
[Jasper Hill] wines are grown, made and bottled entirely on the estate from their own grapes, using organic principles. Jasper Hill produces their own composts and have never used synthetic chemicals on either the vines or the soils, since their vineyards were planted in 1975.
Viticultural practices are simple: own rooted vines (ie. not grafted on to American rootstocks to confer Phylloxera resistance), no irrigation whatsoever, minimal tillage, natural inter-row mulching leading to broad bio-diversity, very low yields giving depth and intensity to their wines. Only hand pruning of the vines and hand harvesting of the fruit can allow Jasper Hill the human connection to their living soil.