|Dutschke St Jakobi
Dutschke St Jakobi Shiraz 2009 (Barossa Valley, SA)
14.8%, Screwcap, $35,
Produced from a single vineyard that sits alongside the St Jakobi church (in Lyndoch) and was planted back in 1975. It’s made old school style too, fermented in static fermenters and spending 20 months in American and French hogsheads. Very Barossan then. Good Barossan too. Cuddly Barossan. Generous, unpretentious, genuine high quality Barossan. A big Barossan hug.
It smells sexy too with a veneer of vanillin oak that looks plain classy, all chocolatey sweetness. Lovely
blackberry fruit behind it too, leading to a patate of dark red berries, coffee and cedar. What is most attractive about this wine though is that it softness without sweetness – a gentleness whilst still retaining tannins to finish, a push/pull gentle/firm character that is classic Barossan (and wonderfully addictive). A successful addition to the Dutschke line. Tasty stuff indeed. 18/93
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Love St Jakobi. It's one of the few wines that I have a good number of cellared, and have a vertical covering 2002-2008 stashed away.
This 2009 is just a great example of how it looks (to me). Remarkable for $35