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DUTSCHKE WINES Oscar Semmler Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2004

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94 points - JH 94 JH 93 points - CM 93 CM 93 points - RP 93 RP DUTSCHKE WINES Oscar Semmler Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2004 DUTSCHKE WINES Oscar Semmler Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2004

DUTSCHKE WINES Oscar Semmler Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2004

DUTSCHKE WINES Oscar Semmler Shiraz, Barossa Valley
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DUTSCHKE WINES Oscar Semmler Shiraz, Barossa Valley
  • Style: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Vintage: 2004
  • Region: Barossa Valley
  • Code: DOSS
  • Varietal: Shiraz
  • Country: Australia

Region Barossa Valley

Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with man

Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.

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Winery DUTSCHKE WINES

Langton’s Selections Oscar Semmler Shiraz, St Jakobi Shiraz, Willow Bend Merlot-Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon, Single Barrel Shiraz Dutschke Wines, located at the southern end of the Barossa, is a relatively new entrant onto the Barossa scene. Dutschke Wines illustrates how vineyard provenance, high-quality winemaking and immediate recognition from Robert Parker Jr. can thrust a relatively obscure name into the marketplace in such a convincing way. Wayne Dutschke’s family established a vineyard on their dairy-farming land in the 1930s supplying fruit to local co-operatives. By 1975 the vineyard had been re-established with Shiraz and Cabernet varieties, with most of the fruit going to Krondorf and Mildara Blass. Oscar Semmler (Wayne’s grandfather) often talked about his “dirt’ as being a “wonder of creation”. The vineyard on darker loams over clay is approximately 43 acres, mostly trellised on a single wire and open canopy system. The fruit is usually picked at 14 degrees Baume
Langton’s Selections Oscar Semmler Shiraz, St Jakobi Shiraz, Willow Bend Merlot-Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon, Single Barrel Shiraz Dutschke Wines, located at the southern end of the Barossa, is a relatively new entrant onto the Barossa scene. Dutschke Wines illustrates how vineyard provenance, high-quality winemaking and immediate recognition from Robert Parker Jr. can thrust a relatively obscure name into the marketplace in such a convincing way. Wayne Dutschke’s family established a vineyard on their dairy-farming land in the 1930s supplying fruit to local co-operatives. By 1975 the vineyard had been re-established with Shiraz and Cabernet varieties, with most of the fruit going to Krondorf and Mildara Blass. Oscar Semmler (Wayne’s grandfather) often talked about his “dirt’ as being a “wonder of creation”. The vineyard on darker loams over clay is approximately 43 acres, mostly trellised on a single wire and open canopy system. The fruit is usually picked at 14 degrees Baume on flavour development. The wines are vinified in static fermenters with regular pumping over. At dryness the Oscar Semmler is drained and pressed off into between 80% and 100% new French oak. The St Jakobi sees 20% new, predominantly French and some American oak. The Willow Bend Merlot-Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon is matured in 20% new, predominantly American and some French oak. The Oscar Semmler is a ripe blackberry fruit spangled wine with plenty of liquorice and cedary/smoky oak, a richly flavoured palate with high-pitched fruit and refined French oak characters. It has plenty of opulence but also a naturally textured palate. It is easy to see why this wine has attracted so much enthusiasm. The wine is classically proportioned and reeks of regional definition. The St Jakobi Shiraz is also an incredibly well-made wine, with intense ground coffee/liquorice aromas and flavours with underlying oak and sinewy tannin structure. Dutschke is making some really interesting and approachable wines which have become highly prized on the secondary wine market. It’s Single Barrel Shiraz has also achieved something of cult status with bottles achieving around $100 a bottle. Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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