OVERVIEW Named in honour of our winery founder, Johann Gramp and is made from the best possible parcels of Barossa Shiraz; and Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon.
COLOUR Dense purple with a vibrant hue.
AROMA The bouquet is rich and dense, showcasing the Barossa’s acclaimed regional characteristics. Fresh fruitcake and licorice are balanced by slight leafy notes from the Cabernet. Oak adds lovely spice and toast nuances, and there is a slight peaty edge. This is a wine that inundates the senses.
TASTE Bold, full and structured on the palate, the 2012 Johann exhibits all the synergies that make Shiraz and Cabernet a definitive blend. The Shiraz imparts dark, sweet fruits and lush fine tannin that the Cabernet restrains with structural drive and vibrant cassis. The careful selection of 100% new oak, predominantly French, supports the fruit while adding texture, layering and length to the palate. With its vibrancy, freshness and structure, this sophisticated wine has the potential to age gracefully.
ENJOY WITH Red meat dishes with robust and concentrated flavours.
CELLARING POTENTIAL Carefully cellaring for 10-15 years will enable further development and integration of the ripe and intense fruit flavours.
VINTAGE CONDITIONS The Barossa celebrated an exceptional vintage in 2012. Indeed, many judges consider it among the best in the region’s decorated history. A long and wet winter provided the soil moisture needed for lush and healthy grapevine canopies and left good reserves of groundwater for the months ahead. Budburst and flowering came early and easily, before a mild summer with cool nights that ensured good fruit set and even, disease-free ripening. Yields were slightly down, but fruit quality was exhilaratingly good. Only the very best fruit is selected for Johann, the wine that honours the founder of Jacob’s Creek. For the 2012 vintage a mixture of Shiraz and Cabernet was chosen from two blocks on the Willandra Vineyard in the heart of the Barossa Valley.
Just 1500 cases of the final wine were bottled, and they are sure to do the legacy of Johann proud.