JJ Hahn is a result of a partnership with popular winemaker Rolf Binder and the Hahn family who have been growing grapes in the Barossa since 1845. JJ Hahn are known for producing consistently high quality reds and great price and this 2018 Hermann’s Vineyard Shiraz is another fine example.
This 2017 JJ Hahn Hermann’s Vineyard Shiraz is a typically full bodied example of Barossa Shiraz, brimming with dark plum, chocolate and licorice flavours, some and vanillin oak adds some complexity and interest. An approachable Shiraz that is designed for early drinking, this offers the superb value we've come to expect from JJ Hahn.
"Deliciously chocolatey, old school Barossa shiraz and a thirsty one, too, if the amount of American oak it has slurped up is any indication. blackstrap licorice, blackcurrant, stewed plums, chocolate and a wild savoury twang. A sturdily built wine of strong foundations of earth, five-spice, grandma's Xmas pud and, yes, obvious oak. Tannins are firm. Will the oak integrate? Eventually. But do we have the time?. $25. 90/100. 14% alc. Drink by 2034"- Jeni Port, winecompanion.com.au.
Remarkably this land holding is still in Hahn family hands, six generations on. The history does not stop there as the current custodians, Jacqui and James Hahn still live in the original homestead constructed from 1846 to 1848. The partnership of Rolf Binder/Veritas wines and the Hahn family is to recognize the heritage status of this family, the ancient vines and their unique part of the Barossa Valley’s history.
The Hahn’s tend the vines and the crop and the two consult each other to set cropping levels through to the time of harvest. Crops are low but do vary from 1.5 to 3 tonnes per acre depending on the vintage and how the vines themselves deliver the crop. Rolf normally asks for two pickings about five days apart as he believes this gives a greater range of complexity in the final wines. They skip vintages that are not good enough.
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