Henschke Johann's Garden Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2018
Henschke's Johann's Garden is named as a tribute to the early German Silesian pioneers of the Barossa Valley, many of whom carried the first name of Johann. And also the Barossa growers traditionally referred to their vineyard as their ‘garden’, from the German weingarten. Their traditions and culture have survived to this day, including the winemaking techniques used in this red wine blend of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. Each parcel of fruit is hand picked separately and remains so throughout the vinification process. Once in the winery, the best grapes are de-stemmed and lightly crushed, either into small concrete or stainless steel open-top fermenters. The primary fermentation is finished in seasoned French oak barriques and hogshead barrels. The wine matured for 10 months before blending and bottling. Johann's Garden displays bright, lifted aromas of redcurrant, rose-hip and raspberry developing into concentrated baked plum pudding with spicy notes. The soft, luscious palate is complemented by complex flavours of spiced berry compote, raspberry and red liquorice. An elegant style with fine, velvety tannins and balanced acidity.