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Johnno’s Shiraz

2010 Johnno’s Shiraz

Produced from one of our oldest vineyards.

Sacred Sites
Hunter Valley, NSW
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Overview & Tasting Notes

A classic 1970s style, light to medium bodied Hunter red. Delicate and spicy with great palate length and acid structure. The new oak component acts as a framework to the wine but does not overpower it, with the fruit being the primary focus of the wine.

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  • James Halliday on Thu, May 16th 2013

    96 Points (Outstanding)

    Elegance is the name of the game, and there is a feel of old-fashioned born anew; fragrant and lifted red fruit, leather and vine sap are evident on the bouquet with a delicate seasoning of oak from a large barrel; the light- to medium-bodied palate is elegant, almost ethereal on entry, yet the length of flavour is outstanding; pure, pretty and extremely long.

  • Gary Walsh on Mon, May 20th 2013

    93 Points

    The grapes come from the Johnno’s vineyard planted 1908 on sandy alluvial soils – so tastes different to those grown on red earth. Hand picked and matured in a single new 2700L French oak cask. A little meatiness then it’s all red fruits (raspberry mainly) and prettiness with a touch of vanilla spiced oak. Light bodied, as much like a Pinot Noir as Shiraz, fresh and lively with plenty of fine acid and light tannin -  foundations built on acid rather than extract. Fans out on the back palate. A wine of delicacy and interest. A classic Hunter Burgundy if ever there was one – only it’s spotlessly clean too. A small step up from the 2009 I suspect.

  • Janis Robinson on Tue, August 20th 2013

    From vines planted in 1908. Brilliant nose, combines the best of the oak and the beautiful spice fragrance of shiraz, plus a real forthright fruit like black cherries. This is stellar, brilliant, fresh and balanced with great length. Absolutely excellent.

  • Gourmet Traveller Wine (Max Allen) on Mon, May 6th 2013

    I love everything about this: retro label, light colour, medium body, bright red fruit, moderate (12.5 per cent alcohol) and the savoury freshness and life to ensure its future as a Hunter classic.

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2009 Tasting Notes (160 KB pdf)