2006 Barossa Shiraz
Shiraz • Estate Produced
Australia: Barossa Valley (South)
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Mission Codename: That’s not a wine, THIS is a wine!
Operative: Agent White
Objective: Secure an exclusive allocation of a big, rich and bold Barossa Valley Shiraz
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Jenke-Vineyards
Wine Subject: 2006 Barossa Shiraz
Winemaker: Kym Jenke
South Australia’s Barossa Valley is the regions most important and oldest of wine-growning regions. Well known for its ‘pull not punches’ Shiraz, the region’s cool ocean breeze on an otherwise hot dry climate, dry limestone and clay soil and relatively flat aspect that ranges from about 800 to 2000 feet in elevation provides an ideal growing environment for Shiraz as well as Chardonnay, Semillon and Riesling.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Extremely dark and dense purple and garnet with a deep inky center. Along the edges light passes through the wine showing garnet hues that also color the slow fat and evenly spaced legs that ring the glass when swirled.
Smell – Rich and vibrant with redolent ripe and spiced black and red fruit including black cherry and wild black and raspberry. Classic aromas of meaty leather blend with spice, sweet tobacco and black pepper along with a subtle floral quality that is all framed by its oak components.
Feel – Big, expansive and mouth-coating with fine well developed but firm tannins that greet you upon your first sip and linger long into the finish. Easy acidity adds to the chewy but not overly brash character of this robust wine.
Taste – Fruit forward flavors of spice and aromatic black cherry, blackberry, raspberry and plum meld with the meaty leather, spice and pepper found on the nose. Smokey sweet tobacco, toasted oak are present just underneath the fruit.
Finish – Extremely long with this wine’s lingering deeply layered fruit fading in unison with its leather, tobacco, pepper and oak flavors.
Conclusion – If you are a fan of big, rich and robust Australian wines, then the 2006 Jenke-Vineyards Barossa Shiraz is right up your alley. true to the Barossa Valley’s style this wine is muscular with tons of concentrated fruit, meaty leather and tobacco and a solid oak backbone. Drinking very well now (we recommend decanting to reveal all of this wine’s aromas and flavors) or cellar for 5-10 years in your cellar. Pair this with anything you can throw on the barbie.
WINEMAKER INTEL BRIEFING DOSSIER
SUBJECT: Kym Jenke
WINE EDUCATION: Oenology, Roseworthy College, South Australia
CALIFORNIA WINE JOB BRIEF: Vintages at DeMoor ( Napa Cellars 87), Stryker Sonoma ( 01/02/03)
WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY: Making pure varietals from estate owned Vineyards
WINEMAKER QUOTE: “Life moves pretty fast, If you don’t stop to look around, you could miss it!” – Ferris Beuhler
FIRST COMMERCIAL WINE RELEASE: 1/6 1989: 1989 Semillon
AGENT RED: Greetings, Kym. We are thrilled to be showing your 2006 Barossa Shiraz today. Thanks so much for taking some time to answer questions for our Operatives today.
KYM JENKE:* Absolutely. It is my pleasure.
RED: Was there a specific experience in your life that inspired your love of wine?
KYM:* Being the son of a grape grower, and 6th generation vigneron, I have grown up in the industry. But perhaps the first time I ever really thought about making wine, was my first visit to Napa in 1983.
RED: What wine or winemaker has most influenced your winemaking style?
KYM:* I made my first wines at Kies Estate, under the watchful eye of Nigel Logos. After that, I made wine up at Charlie Melton’s place, and naturally these gents had some influence on my approach to winemaking. I also love what Rick Burge and Charles Melton deliver each and every year. I’m happy to consider them friends as well as peers. The one thing I wanted to do from the beginning was to make 100% varietal wines that were terrior driven and truly captured the time and place of our little spot in the Barossa.
RED: Who do you make wine for?
KYM:* I’ve always made wine for myself, the way I wanted to make (and drink) them!
RED: Please tell me a little bit about the wine we are featuring today.
KYM:* 2006 was a difficult vintage, as the weather was warm and it was a pretty dry year. The fruit came in at 15 bohme (27 Brix) which is a bit higher than I like, and the resultant wine ended up at nearly 16% alcohol, which is definitely higher than I like them to be… I truly believe that wine should be around 13.5 – 14.5%. However, weren’t we surprised at how well balanced the finished wine turned out, despite its higher alcohol. We thought we had a pretty good one despite the higher than normal alcohol, but I was even more surprised when the wine received and Editor’s Choice designation and a 91 points rating from Wine Enthusiast.
RED: What is your favorite pairing with today’s wine?
KYM:* Leg ‘o Lamb. On the grill, lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, and stuffed with rosemary sprigs before grilling. Served medium-rare to let the flavors really explode in your mouth.
RED: In your opinion, what makes the [REGION] so special?
KYM:* Terroir, terrior, terrior. Of course every winemaker will tell you that… But being a sixth generation Barossan, there really is nothing quite like our little piece of the world.
RED: What is occupying your time at the winery these days?
KYM:* We just recently finished winter pruning, so there isn’t a great deal to do other than topping barrels. And, of course, getting out there and selling wine.
RED: How would you recommend people approach your wines and wine in general?
KYM:* Wine is an experience. Every vineyard, every year, and often every bottle can be different based upon when you drink it, what you pair it with, or even what mood you’re in… I always find the best way to approach and enjoy my wines is surrounded by friends, and paired with great food.
RED: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
KYM:* I have always had a love affair with the US, which dates back to my first visit in 1983 as a Foreign Exchange Student with the AFS program. On my first trip to Napa I discovered several smaller, family owned wineries making their own wine (and whole lot of big commercial wineries too) which inspired me to come home and build something for our family. 27 years later, I finally find myself with the opportunity to sell my wines in the US, and I’m proud to be able to do so. Far too many people have given up on Aussie wines, as quite frankly there are far too many commercial ventures here guilty of selling low priced wines in the US. I would like to say to your readers, don’t give up on Australia. There are still many small producers like myself, that are making wines for the ages, not the wages. Why? The reason is that it is in our blood, not in our pocketbooks, to continue to do what we love.
RED: Thank you so much for your time. We learned a lot about you – and your wine. Keep up the great work, we are big fans!
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The approximate location of the Jenke-Vineyards can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the winery says
About This Wine:
The wine was barrel fermented in new and two year old seasoned American oak. It has all of the spice and concentration of a true Barossa Shiraz. The nose is flashy, with hints of tobacco and pepper. The palate is lush with flavors of dark cherry and black plums leading to a complex, lingering finish.
The grapes were harvested at the optimum ripeness(15be) and crushed into an open top fermenter. The wine fermented on skins for 10 days. This wine completed its fermentation in French & American oak barrels where it remained on yeast lees for 9 months. The wine was racked and transferred back to oak for another 6 months maturation.
The grapes were grown on our Rowland Flat Vineyard which adjoins the North Para River in the Barossa Valley. The 2006 vintage was kind to us, despite the drought conditions. This wine completed fermentation in new and two year old seasoned American oak.
About The Winery:
The History: Johann Jenke arrived in Port Adelaide in 1854 and settled in the Barossa. Our family were part of the wave of German immigration at this time as they were fleeing the religious persecution in Silesia (East Germany). Our family have now tended the same family vineyards for six generation’s. The family made its first wine under the Jenke label in 1989.
The Vineyard: The vineyard is situated on the rich alluvial river flats of the North Para River, at Rowland Flat, at the southern end of the Barossa Valley. It consists of 140 acres of premium Barossa grapes. The grape varieties include Chardonnay, Semillon, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Many vineyards are well over 50 years old. The vines are all hand pruned on single wire vertical trellis systems.
The Wines: A small range of Barossa varietals are released each year from the Jenke Vineyards. The aim is to produce wines that best show their Barossa varietal highlights.
The Jenke wines have won many awards, including the trophy for the best varietal Semillon at Barossa wine show 4 times . Our Semillon has also taken out the prestigious South Australia ‘Wine of the Year’ at the Advertiser / Hyatt wine awards in 2006 and 2007.
A barrel fermented Chardonnay is also produced.
Reds are 80% of production at Jenke Vineyards. A traditional Barossa Shiraz is produced as well as a full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc, Merlot. Grenache/Shiraz blend is also produced. In the best years we release a ‘reserve’ varietal of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, this represents our best barrels of the vintage!