Georgia and Friends Shiraz – 1987

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Immediately after the fire, many friends offered us small parcels of their premium Shiraz grapes from diverse regions across the central belt of Victoria. These grapes, in roughly equal proportional, were separately vintaged by us at Jasper Hill then blended after twelve months of new American oak maturation to produce a single individual wine. An unrepeatable blend that we are very proud to present, with the appellation “Friends Shiraz” and a red label. The wines show great depth of complex berry fruit aroma, deep magenta colour coupled with balanced acid and soft tannins. Delicious and quite approachable now, although cellaring for a few years is possible. Not Georgia’s Paddock, but a definite Jasper Hill stamp. Our friends (East to West) Peter Tisdall: Tisdall, Mount Helen Shelmerdine Family: Laradoc Vineyards, Mitchellstown Paul Osicka: Osicka’s Vineyards, Graytown Knight Family / Albino Zuber: Zuber Estate, Heathcote Graeme Leith and Sue Mackinnon: Passing Clouds, Kingower Willesdorf Family / Viv Beaumont: Carisbrook The team of Seppelts: Great Western

Tasting notes by Andrew Caillard, MW – August 2007

Medium colour. Roasted coffee/ cedar/ spice aromas – some dark cherry/ mint notes. Sweetly concentrated wine with raspberry/ coffee/ leather flavours, dry chalky tannins which build up sappy dry – touch choc-minty at the finish. Bushfire went through Georgia’s Paddock on the 16th January resulting in a Friends blend. Introduction of red label. Still fresh with quite strong underlying acidity. Cool late season. Now-2012. 83 points.

Tasting notes by Andrew Caillard, MW – 17th August 2012

Deep medium colour. Fresh complex redcurrant, truffle aromas with mocha, tobacco, mint notes. Sweet bouyant redcurrant, mocha, truffle flavours and fine graphite tannins. Touch of salted liquorice, iodine at the finish. Bushfire went through Georgia’s Paddock on 16th January resulting in a Friends blend using fruit from Osicka’s, Passing Clouds etc. Introduction of red label. Cool late season. Now – 90 points

Tasting notes by Andrew Caillard, MW – 8th August 2017

Medium deep crimson. Developed milk chocolate, carob, earthy leather aromas with remnants of red cherries. Sweet fruited and soupy with developed chocolaty earth leathery flavours and fine slinky tannins. Finishes long and sweet. 12% Alc 87 points Now

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