After a long day in the vineyard, we are sure that Great Grandfather Julius would enjoy this classic Barossa Shiraz. A rich, full-bodied wine with ripe dark fruit flavours, complex oak characteristics and a long finish that whilst drinks well upon release will cellar gracefully for those with patience
Vintage 2017 was stunning. The vines got off to a fantastic start with a wetter than average Winter and mild Spring. Summer brought typically average warm conditions with some excellent rainfall, twice the average. This kept the vines in superb condition for steady ripening into Autumn which remained dry with warm sunny days and cool nights. Yields from 2017 are good and quality is exceptional.
Nietschke Julius is sourced from select vineyards across the premier North-Western Barossa, including the renowned Greenock sub-region. The hand-pruned vines are lowyielding and are grown in shallow, sandy loam soil over deep red clay, providing ideal conditions for quality Shiraz.
The grapes were harvested in numerous batches from early March to mid April. Following fermentation for 7 to 14 days on skins in open top fermenters with hand pump-overs twice daily, the grapes were pressed and the wine was aged in hogshead barrels for two years. Both seasoned and new French and American oak was used.
Tasting Notes Nietschke 2017 Julius Shiraz is dark magenta-black in colour. The aromatics are uplifting with concentrated aromas of Christmas cake, black plum, brambly fruit, kirsch, chocolate, cloves and toasty oak The palate is intense and full-bodied with richly flavoured ripe dark fruits. The generous fruit is supported by classy background oak. The structure is robust and beautifully balanced with fine polished tannins. This is a very harmonious wine that’s lengthy, full of life and well poised with fruit, oak and tannin working together. Nietschke Julius Shiraz can be enjoyed now or will effortlessly cellar for 5-10 years.