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2012 Dr. John's Willunga Shiraz
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- Cellar 4 - 5 years (2018-2019)
- ABV 14.5%
- Closure: Stelvin
A delicious fruit loaded effort that’s sumptuous, rich and supplely textured delivering fantastic bang for your buck.
Dr John Possingham, a research graduate of Adelaide and Oxford Universities, implemented the mechanisation of vine trellising, harvesting and pruning in Australia in the 1960's. His techniques went on to influence wine regions all over the world. Dr Possingham also established 'Possums Vineyards' with his wife, Carol Summers in 1980. They purchased two vineyard sites in McLaren Vale – 30 ha in Willunga (on the Willunga escarpment where red loam soils sit on limestone) and 30 ha in Blewitt Springs. Existing vines on the sites were saved from the vine pull scheme and integrated into the new plantings.
The 'Dr. John' range of wines was introduced in late 2010. These are single vineyard wines hand made by Pieter Breugem, the company's South African winemaker. The aim of this project is to pick out the best batches and blocks. Pieter then puts his own stamp on the wines.
Totally opaque inky black crimson colour with deep dark crimson black hue. Uplifted aromas of liquorice and black cherry blossom from the glass followed by some blackberry, toasty oak and spice. Full bodied the palate features lashings of succulent fruit wrapped up in a voluptuously textured mouthfeel. Rich lavish flavours of liquorice, black cherry and blackberry flood the palate with some underlying toasty vanillin oak and spice nuances. Outstanding concentration and depth for its price. Velvety tannins only enhance the wines plush round mouthfeel. Long aftertaste of liquorice, ripe blackberry, toasty vanillin oak and spice. Outstanding value.
Drink over the next 4-5 years.