“Michael “Jacko” James worked in our cellars until he succumbed to a long battle with leukemia at the age of 26. His legendary character and courage left a lasting impression on everyone he met. Our tribute to him is this full bodied Shiraz which displays rich peppery fruit over a firm underlying structure with great length.” – Geoff Merrill
The colour is a deep red with youthful purple hues. A wonderful array of dried herbs initially characterises the aroma. Oregano, dill and thyme come forward, then make way for black pepper, olive and black cherry.
Savoury and earthy tones also make their way from the aroma onto the full, fleshy palate. Fine ripe tannin, tight acidity and meaty flavours combine into an umami delight, with ripe red fruits adding colour and brightness to the palate.
96 points – Huon Hooke (The Real Review) “Ranked #1 of 110 Shiraz from McLaren Vale in 2013”
94 points – Ned Goodwin (Halliday Wine Companion)
94 points – Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)