Jester Shiraz is a blend of several blocks within the Lopresti vineyard in the Willunga district, all the way at the southern tip of McLaren Vale and on the coast. The vineyard soil types are heavy grey loam over sandstone soils, with black cracking Biscay clay intermixed. These soils have excellent water-holding capacity and require minimal irrigation. Being so close to the coast the vines experience warm summer days that contribute to fruit intensity and excellent tannin ripeness. Cooling afternoon and night sea breezes maintain good acid levels in the grapes, allowing extended maturation on the vine and resulting in complexity of the flavor profile.
Depending on the vintage, the components vary, but all have a common theme of more upfront fruit than grapes destined for G.A.M. or Savitar, to make a more approachable wine style. The grapes are fermented for 5 days on skins in 2 ton open fermenters and then matured in oak from the previous year’s G.A.M.
Winemaker’s tasting notes
“A pretty lift of violet, cut plum and mulberries, with subtle hints of mint and crushed rock. Vibrant and juicy with flavors of black cherry and blood plums upfront, with nuances of clove spice, dark chocolate and salted liquorice in support. It is framed by delicate tannins and a redcurrant like acidity that delivers a satisfyingly long finish.”