The 2016 Greenock Shiraz was sourced from a single vineyard grown on the Kalleske family's Greenock property, known as the East Block. Only the finest fruit from the hillside of the East block was selected for the 2016 Greenock Shiraz. East Block is red earth over friable red clay leading into a mix of calcareous clay, formed over an ironstone rich hill.
It's a rich and hedonistic style of Shiraz, with dark fruits, pepper and vanilla oak. A classic Barossa wine.
The grapes were handpicked, 100% de-stemmed and 100% crushed berries were then placed into small open top fermenters. Fermentation and extended maceration on skins were conducted over 15 days with the cap being hand plunged three times per day with an occasional rack and return. After primary fermentation the wine is drained to barrel and the skins are hand dug to the basket press.
Classic Greenock aromas with Christmas cake spices, liquorice, dried bay leaves and semi dried violets. Pepper nuances flow on beautifully with the featured perfumed black fruits, quince paste, black olive and underlying cedar oak notes. Full bodied and concentrated with a chewy palate. Flavours of dark bitter chocolate, black cherry and plum are attributed to this vintage. The tannins are plush and fine grained with acidity in perfect balance. Take the time to enjoy the long lingering finish!
The Kalleske family has been farming this remarkable Greenock vineyard since 1855 and Laughing Jack was formed in 1999. These wines come mostly from this site blessed with old vine, dry grown Shiraz planted in a contoured pattern. Low yields and careful fruit selection in the winery results in some of the purest Barossa Shiraz we have encountered. Winemaker Shawn Kalleske’s understanding of his vineyards is superb, as is his winemaking. In appropriate vintages, Laughing Jack also releases a range of prestige cuvees in tiny quantities.
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A sheen of dark cherry and plum rumbles across a smooth chassis of coconut-cream-coffee grind-bitter chocolate oak. A whiff of eucalyptus segues to licorice strapped tannins, nicely managed and embedded in the wine's sheer weight. Plenty of glycerol lubricates a long, plush finish.