JJ Hahn is a joint venture between sixth generation Hahn custodians, James and Jacqui Hahn, and the highly regarded Rolf Binder who is responsible for all winemaking duties. This 2018 JJ Hahn Stelzer Road Merlot is another fine Merlot packed with plenty of juicy blackcurrant, stewed plums flavours and hints of clover and cinnamon spice adding interest and complexity. A great value Australian Merlot that will appeal to Merlot lovers.
"91 Points. A deep, dark, brooding example of merlot that will have its fans and, due to a high degree of alcohol, no doubt its detractors, too. It speaks of the region and a richer style that many appreciate. Fully expressive with black fruits, fruit cake spice, violets and savoury aromas. This is not one of those pretty merlots but rather a thumping, shiraz-like interpretation. However the finish, with edgy garrique herbals, is a reminder of some of the grape's celebrated elegance.Price when Tasted
$25.00 Date when tasted 01 Nov 2019 14% alc. Drink By: 2030 Screwcap"- Jeni Port, winecompanion.com.au.
"This wine showcases the lovely softness, elegance and sensitivity that is Merlot. This vineyard has continually produced fruit that doesn’t show excessive ripeness on the nose or on the palate and has always surprised us in the most difficult of years." - JJ Hahn Wines.
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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