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Henschke Johanns Garden GSM 2017 is a single vineyard expression from South Australia's Barossa Valley. The Grenache led blend is broken down 76% Grenache 18% Mataro 6% Shiraz.
The Barossa is steeped in Germanic culture from early European settlers. Johanns Gardens pays tribute to the often used first name and the English take on the German word Weingarten. Single vineyard expressions are something to really rally behind and try. It's a window into a small sub-region as well as old traditions and ideas. This wine is one of the best quality and value for money single vineyards out there, it's hand-picked, placed through a sorting table, de-stemmed and lightly pressed. The ultra-fresh juice is fermented in portions. Some going into concrete, some into stainless steel. Before fermentation finishes, the wine is pressed into seasoned oak to ferment to dryness and then aged for 10 extra months. This adds a lot of mouthfeel and texture to the near-perfect fruit profile.
You can choose to cellar this wine or drink it now. Having tasted through the range recently, the 2017 is quite soft in colour with a lot of perfumed and fragrant fruit,. It's smooth and elegant, almost delicate in the mid-palate but with a strong finish. It's totally smashable, which I don't know if that's a good or bad thing. As smashing down such a unique and special bottle seems like a crime, but just you try and refrain from doing so, as this wine is seriously delicious.