2020 Laughing Jack Jack's Shiraz
With fruit sourced from Greenock, Marananga and Moppa, Jack's Shiraz has a lot to offer for those that seek a classically styled Barossa shiraz at a sharp price point. Abundant plum and dark cherry fruits, baking spices, licorice, dark chocolate and earth. Tight, fine tannin support and a deep, savoury resonance to its tail. Read more
With fruit sourced from Greenock, Marananga and Moppa, Jack's Shiraz has a lot to offer for those that seek a classically styled Barossa shiraz at a sharp price point. Abundant plum and dark cherry fruits, baking spices, licorice, dark chocolate and earth. Tight, fine tannin support and a deep, savoury resonance to its tail.
- Producer: Laughing Jack
- Varietal: Shiraz
- Region: Barossa Valley
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Net volume: 750ml
- Vintage: 2020
- Cellar until 2030
Style GuideLight Intense
This perennial overachiever is sourced mostly from the Kalleske family’s Greenock, Moppa Hill and Marananga vineyards (the 2020 blend is 75% Greenock, 15% Marananga and 10% Moppa). The grapes were 100% de-stemmed and transferred to a mix of open-top fermenters, where they were hand-plunged twice per day. Following fermentation, the wine was then fed to oak barrels for 20 months - 6% new French and 2% new American with the balance being seasoned French and American.
For 15 years, we’ve proudly represented the wines of Shawn Kalleske’s small historical family winery throughout Australia. The first thing to know about this winegrower is that he lives in the vineyard. Getting a hold of Shawn outside vineyard hours is nigh on impossible, perhaps because vineyard hours at this address are roughly the same as sunlight hours. Kalleske has completed over 20 vintages at the estate and not only do his gnarled, crevassed hands tell the tale of each tour of duty, but the quality of his wines is also a testament to his rare work ethic.
One imagines it helps when you have such an impressive office to work from. Laughing Jack’s enviable vineyard holdings were planted by his forebears and span three sub-regions—Moppa, Greenock and Marananga—with vines dating back to 1962. All sites are on the slopes, ensuring a cooler run through vintage for the Laughing Jack fruit, as compared to those on the hot and dry valley floor. The Laughing Jack website is an invaluable resource for those wishing to delve deeper into these special sites.
Underpinned by a deep respect for traditional Barossa values, through a process of constant fine-tuning in the vineyards and cellar, Kalleske’s wines have become ever more refined and pure expressions of what are indisputably some of his region’s best-kept vineyards.
Looking back to the early days, Shawn readily concedes that in the Parker-era (like others in the Barossa at the time) the grapes were being picked on sugar ripeness. But, as Shawn told us recently, this “doesn’t come into it at all now”. Today the focus is placed squarely on picking grapes that are flavour-ripe, with great tannin and acid balance. Hard pruning keeps the already naturally low yields in check, and Kalleske has planted cover crops and manages weeds by cultivation without the use of chemicals.
In the winery, méthode Barossa holds sway. The reds are all fermented in open-top fermenters, basket pressed and bottled without any fining or filtration. The use of wood these days is well-judged, with a mix of older and new French hogsheads and puncheons.
Great sites, top-notch fruit and a most thoughtful and conscientious vigneron result in a range of authentic and characterful wines. The much-loved Jack’s Shiraz is the great value gateway to this producer. At the other end of the scale are the premium powerhouses of the range, the Limited Two and the Carl Albert Shiraz. These wines showcase not only the powerful and perfumed fruit, but Kalleske’s skilled winemaking hand, balance is key, and he strikes it time after time. There are riches in between, from a perfumed Old Vine Moppa Grenache to a textural, yet crisp Greenock Semillon. Those on the hunt for true Barossa soul need look no further.
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