Jasper Hill: Georgia's Paddock Shiraz 2015
"A big, rich wine, the 2015 Georgia's Paddock Shiraz offers deep, earthy notes of black olive and espresso that complement the blackberry and plum fruit. There's a hint of menthol that helps lift the wine and avoid any undue sense of heaviness - a notable accomplishment in a wine that's labeled at 15% alcohol. Full-bodied and velvety in texture, complex and long, with two decades of aging potential, there's simply nothing to criticize here. 96/100, drink 2020-2035."
Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com
'Georgia's Paddock' Shiraz, Jasper Hill's principal wine (in terms of production), has now established itself as an Aussie classic, beloved by the restaurant-frequenting fraternity. The fact that Yapp has imported this 'dry-grown' organic wine for over twenty-five vintages speaks volumes.
This iconic thoroughbred wears its alcohol lightly and has great length and delineation. Approachable from bottling, if decanted, it comes into its own with 5-10 years bottle age. It has a bouquet of dark berries and cherries and a palate brimming with glossy, blackberry and blackcurrant fruit with hints of spice and eucalyptus over a background of ripe tannins.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Australia, Victoria|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Shiraz|
|Cellarage||Drink from now until 2035.|
|Vinification||Twelve hectares of organically (dry) grown grapes are picked by hand and completely de-stemmed prior to a maceration of around 6 weeks. The wine is then transferred into small oak barriques, 20% of which are new, for 14 months. Georgia's Paddock shiraz is predominately aged in American oak.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||15|
Jasper Hill (Ron & Elva Laughton)
In 1975, former food scientist Ron Laughton and his wife Elva created their Jasper Hill estate in Heathcote, Victoria (70 miles north of Melbourne), drawn by the region's distinctive geology, namely an iron-rich seam of Cambrian clay and volcanic basalt on which the vineyards are strategically located. Today the Laughton's world-renowned, bio-dynamically farmed, 20-hectare estate is widely regarded as being some of the finest terroir in Australia.
As the vineyards and their two daughters have grown over the years, both Emily and Georgia continue to work within the business. Emily McNally lives on Georgia's Paddock vineyard with her husband Nick, daughter Ella and son Nate. Nick is also a highly valued member of the team, both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Only time will tell if the next young generation will continue the wine making tradition of their grandfather and mother.
Jasper Hill produces six wines from three individual vineyards. While the single estate 'Emily's Paddock' Shiraz - Cabernet Franc and 'Georgia's Paddock' Shiraz (first vintage 1982) are the best known wines, Jasper Hill also makes a 'Georgia's Paddock' Semillon, 'Georgia's Paddock' Riesling (first vintage 1984) and 'Georgia's Paddock' Nebbiolo.
Ron and Elva are today assisted by their daughter, Emily, who makes the 'Occam's Razor' Shiraz in her own right, whilst Georgia enjoys doing most of the administrative work. The family are also involved in a joint venture locally with fellow organic enthusiast Michel Chapoutier, which yields the 'La Pleiade' Shiraz, plus a collaboration in the Agly valley in Roussillon in France.View more wines from this producer...