The Jim Jim Shiraz by Hugh Hamilton was Hugh’s faithful Labrador/Kelpie at Hugh Hamilton’s estate in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Every vintage Jim Jim would eat Shiraz grapes only when they were ripe for the picking, so with viticultural skills like that Hugh decided he should get his own brand. Jim Jim went to the big kennel in the sky in November 2010 but his talent is remembered in his wines.
This Shiraz was sourced from various vineyards, including the sought-after region of McLaren Vale. Individual parcels were picked at optimum ripeness and matured separately prior to blending in March 2017. By fermenting and maturing the parcels separately, we retained the best characters of each batch, allowing the winemaker to blend them making the most of each individualistic style.
The Jim Jim Shiraz has a colour as lively as Jim Jim himself! It displays all the character of a welcoming pooch. A great nose with distinct varietal spice, hints of earthy complexity and a blend of dark red fruits like blackberries, cherries and raspberries. A fleshy rich mouth-filling palate with hints of vanilla, bright red berries and liquorice. With a spicy finish, lively mid-palate and gentle tannins the focus of this wine is on generosity and approachability which makes it your best friend on the dining room table. This wine will reward with ageing up to 2025 but if you want to experience the spirit of Australia in a bottle, take Jim Jim home today.