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Laughing Jack Greenock Shiraz 2018

$52.00
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Laughing Jack Greenock Shiraz 2018
Producer Laughing Jack
Region, Country Barossa Valley, Australia
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 12
Product Code 18775-750

The Kalleskes’ Greenock Shiraz was planted in 1999 on land that had been in the family for nearly 150 years but had only been used for grazing sheep and crops. Shawn Kalleske was convinced that Greenock's ironstone soils would be perfect for growing Shiraz, and from day one the family have been excited by the results. Specifically, the 2018 was sourced from a single vineyard known as the East Block, an own-rooted site planted to a mix of clones including the original 1890 Greenock property Shiraz clone. The fruit was open-top fermented and basket-pressed before spending 20 months in mainly new and seasoned French oak hogsheads. 

The colour is a deep, bright, crimson red with aromas of dark plum and blackberry fruit to go with Greenock's sub-regional earthy/ferrous notes. This has terrific depth of fruit on the palate and, while it's balanced enough to enjoy now with food, this has all the hallmarks of a wine that will still be going strong 10 years or more from now.

Laughing Jack Greenock Shiraz 2018

Reviews

"Hand-picked fruit from the 2.2ha single-estate East Block vineyard in Greenock. No whole bunches. Wild fermented initially, hand plunged and basket pressed. Matured 20 months in 40% new French, 40% seasoned French, 10% new American and 10% seasoned American oak hogsheads. Released unfined and unfiltered. 629 dozen. Full, vibrant purple. The plush, sweet fruit and milk-chocolate core that signifies Greenock is scaffolded masterfully in a web of firm tannins, both fruit- and oak-derived. Red and blue fruits of all kinds abound, set to a bright line of natural acidity that keeps everything on track through a long finish. Engineered for the long haul with Shawn Kalleske precision."
94 points, Tyson Stelzer, Wine Ccompanion
“It’s a brooding and very purple wine offering rich black fruit, coal, aniseed, dried herb, and spicy toasted oak. Full-bodied, plenty of chalky tannin, a core of deep fruit, but tastes essentially savoury, saline and earthy. Acidity is perhaps a little too firm, though that’s perhaps just me. Finish is toasty, spicy and long. There’s a latent perfume here too, which should be revealed as it softens and settles with further bottle age.”
92 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

Reviews

"Hand-picked fruit from the 2.2ha single-estate East Block vineyard in Greenock. No whole bunches. Wild fermented initially, hand plunged and basket pressed. Matured 20 months in 40% new French, 40% seasoned French, 10% new American and 10% seasoned American oak hogsheads. Released unfined and unfiltered. 629 dozen. Full, vibrant purple. The plush, sweet fruit and milk-chocolate core that signifies Greenock is scaffolded masterfully in a web of firm tannins, both fruit- and oak-derived. Red and blue fruits of all kinds abound, set to a bright line of natural acidity that keeps everything on track through a long finish. Engineered for the long haul with Shawn Kalleske precision."
94 points, Tyson Stelzer, Wine Ccompanion
“It’s a brooding and very purple wine offering rich black fruit, coal, aniseed, dried herb, and spicy toasted oak. Full-bodied, plenty of chalky tannin, a core of deep fruit, but tastes essentially savoury, saline and earthy. Acidity is perhaps a little too firm, though that’s perhaps just me. Finish is toasty, spicy and long. There’s a latent perfume here too, which should be revealed as it softens and settles with further bottle age.”
92 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

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