Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Dutschke St. Jakobi Shiraz

Every time I come across a Dutschke wine, I can't help but be reminded of Rudi Dutschke, the leader of the RAF in Germany, which terrorized the German establishment in the 1970s. Of course, Wayne Dutschke has nothing to do with that. In fact, the 2004 Dutschke St. Jakobi Shiraz is not particularly revolutionary at all. This is classic Barossa Shiraz. It comes from the St. Jakobi vineyard in Lyndoch, which is situated right next to Grant Burge's Filsell vineyard, also the source of 75% of the Meshach. The soil is grey loam over dark clay.

This wine (tasted from Magnum) has a strong core of black cherry, plum and mulberry. It shows juicyness and sweetness on the mid-palate. The tannins are quite ripe and soft, but there is no dead fruit in this wine whatsoever. It is well balanced with a lasting finish - very attractive to drink right now (on cooler days, preferably).

Score: 94/++

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