2016 Jeanneret Rank & File Shiraz
- Clare Valley
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
Dark. Dark and inky in the glass which immediately tells a bit of a story about the intensity of this wine. The nose is pretty but no shrinking violet – though it does smell a bit like violets. Violets and plums with just enough oak to add a further dimension. The wine’s impossibly soft, juicy, silky and seamless. It’s rich, it’s round, it’s long, it’s velvety. It’s really, really delightful. It’s delicious.
- Winemaking Notes
Fermentation temperature: 25°C
Time on lees: 7 months
Time in oak: 14 months
Time on skins: 24 days
- Growing Conditions
Harvest date: 16-18/2/2016, 25/2/2016, 28/2/2016, 1/3/2016, 3-4/3/20106, 10/3/2016, 18/3/2016
Vineyard location: Sevenhill, Stanley Flat, Armagh
Growing season rainfall: 444mm
Pre-harvest diurnal range: 14.1°C
- Food Pairing
Everything and anything that is richly flavoured; roasts, game, barbecues, hearty casseroles and charcuterie amongst others.
Pepper crusted kangaroo steak served with anchovy butter.
- Attached Files
- Gold Outstanding
- International Wine & Spirits Competition
Now donning a largely unrecognizable orange label this long time customer favourite is as good as ever. Ben Jeanneret calls this curiously named wine ‘Rank & File’. It’s what Shiraz represents to him – the heart and soul of the Australian wine industry. Sourced from some of the best low yielding, old vine vineyards in Clare, the fruit for this wine was matured in a mixture of French and American oak of which 16% was new for 14 months. Rich, dense and powerful, this is a swashbuckling Clare Valley Shiraz. Magnificent density of colour displaying an impenetrable inky black core and a very deep dark purple black hue. Sniffing offers up an intense aromatic profile of black plum, liquorice and black cherries over toasty vanillin cedar and spicy pepper notes. Showing off Rank & File’s hallmark flamboyance and richness this big, lavish Clare Shiraz is swamped with opulent blackberry liqueur, liquorice, dark plum and luscious black cherry flavours which are supported by underlying toasty vanillin cedar and spicy pepper characters. There’s a sturdiness to the tannins which impart a slight sense of chewiness to the finish, yet they appear almost velvet like beneath the tidal waves of black fruit. Superb concentration and power with a long spicy conclusion of blackberry liqueur, liquorice, luscious black cherries, toasty oak and black pepper.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
It is splendidly expressed on the nose showing black/blueberry, mint chocolate, toasted hazelnut and warm spice aromas, leading to a sumptuous palate that offers excellent depth of flavour and velvety mouthfeel. The wine is opulent and brimming with delicious flavours. At its best: 2019 to 2026.