Oak Maturation: 22 months in New & 1 year old French Oak Hogsheads
Cellaring: Now - 2025
Winemaker: Wayne Dutschke
Tasting Notes: The best structured and most mouth filling parcels of Shiraz from the St Jakobi block are blended together each year for our “Oscar Semmler” Shiraz. The “Oscar” is the reserve label for Dutschke, representing “the best of the vintage” from the 1975 block of Shiraz
Grapes were harvested on three separate occasions, picking one third of the “75 Block” on the 17th of March another third on the 22nd March and the remaining third on the 29th March. The must was fermented for 7 days in open fermenters, before being transferred to new and one year old French oak hogsheads to complete fermentation. Post fermentation the wine was racked and then returned to these same French oak barrels to mature for a further 22 months.
The 2006 Oscar Semmler Shiraz is a full-bodied ripe silky textured wine, showing mid palate fruit sweetness with characteristics of plum and dark cherries. The spicy French oak characters and fine grain grape tannins compliment the sweet fruit mid palate concentration. The finish is long, with clean acidity. It’s a wine that will further soften and complex with careful cellaring.