The extremely limited Cracker Barrels is the result of winemaker Richard Freebairn selecting up to 4 barrels which he considers to be of the highest quality or ‘Crackers’ each vintage.
The 2016 vintage Cracker Barrels has been selected from a single parcel of Shiraz and Cabernet from Jones Block, the barrels are 100% French with no new oak. The wine has terrific intensity and depth of flavour, supported by subtle oak which makes this powerful Shiraz with small blend of Cabernet a pleasure to drink now and well into the future.
96/100 James Halliday
96/100 James Halliday
James Halliday, 2019
Toni Patterson, 2019
|Variety:||Shiraz | Cabernet Sauvignon|
|100%:||Organic | Biodynamic|
|Colour:||Deep red and purple hues|
|Aroma:||A vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon lift of cinnamon, dark chocolate, cardamom, smoked paprika and a touch of peppermint spice|
|Palate:||Full bodied wine with the vibrant front palate of Cabernet Sauvignon and juicy Shiraz mid palate. This wine has a sophisticated tannin structure combined with the French oak and seamless fruit profile lines to finish bold and energetic on the palate.|
|Drink With:||Barbeuced anything|
A fantastic wine to drink in the next five years, however, careful cellaring of 10-30 years will be rewarded
2016 was a very strong year in McLaren Vale. After 6 months without rain, we had 40mm in the first week of February. This slowed down the baumes and allowed the acidity to catch up, therefore giving the fruit fantastic flavour equilibrium. Berry numbers were high due to an even veraison, which lead to the highest quality crops and tonnages this millennium.
This is the final blend each year. When tasting through the barrels, we always find one that stands out. Over the past few years we have been keeping that barrel aside - whether it be a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Jones Block Shiraz or even an EJ barrel. In 2016 the blend worked as a Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon and we ended up with four Cracker Barrels!
Dark, rich, complex aromas of ripe plum, tar and chocolate plus a little brambly spice and a touch of crushed herb. The palate is quite savoury with a faint saline edge. 87/100
A 52/48% blend of four barrels. The colour is excellent, and the wine brings it all to the table: black and purple fruits, dark chocolate, peppermint, warm spices, French oak and ripe tannins. It does all this within the overall context of a juicy, medium-bodied wine that has excellent balance. Its life span will very likely exceed your patience. 96/100
Deep purple/red hue, with a sweetly floral, peppery, spicy aroma, bright and fresh and lifted. The wine is medium to full-bodied and elegantly-structured, with grip and style. There's a note of cassis here, which suggests some cabernet in the mix. 91/100