94 Points - James Halliday
"The shiraz was matured in American oak barriques, the cabernet sauvignon in French oak barriques; in each instance I suspect the fermentation was finished in those barriques. Happily, there is ample blackberry, cherry and minty blackcurrant fruit to carry the oak, the tannins fine and ripe". - James Halliday
About the Wine Maker
The Haan philosophy was established right at the beginning with Hanenhof Vineyards being managed as a true wine estate. This 47 acre property in the heart of the Barossa Valley, one of the worlds renowned grape growing districts, was purchased by Hans and Fransien Haan in 1993, with the first wine produced in 1997.
Their clear understanding of wine excellence, providing the best possible conditions in both vineyard and winery has been the key to their success, allowing them to show distinct varietal Character and classical style. The vineyard is run on a ‘minimal input’ system, offering considerable environmental protection.
About the Wine
The vines that the Haan 'Classic' Shiraz - Cabernet 2012 come from have been planted on sandy loam with a 2 metre clay base some 16 years ago. The vines are trellised on a single wire with two foliage wires to enhance fruit maturity. They are minimal irrigated and cropped at a level of 2 ½ tonnes per acre.
These two varieties were fermented separately in open fermenters, which were hand plunged and left on skins for 7 days to allow for maximum extraction of flavours. These wines were matured in 20% new French and American oak to ensure complexity with the balance in 3 year old French oak to maintain varietal fruit lift. After 8 months the barrels were selected for this range and combined in tank and refilled back into old oak for a further 3 months to allow for the integration of both varieties. This was not filtered prior to bottling to maintain the maximum amount of fruit flavours.
The Haan 'Classic' Shiraz - Cabernet 2012 has a nose of rich berry fruits with a hint of chocolate. It's 70% shiraz, 30% cabernet blend has a rich velvety palate, red berry fruits, pepper and spice. The cabernet gives cedar spice and a hint of mint.
This wine will increase in complexity over the next 5 years as the tannins further develop and integrate with the rich fruity palate.
The Haan philosophy has allowed them to blend Classic varieties to achieve a wine that shows the strength and grace typical of upper echelon wine. As a measure of the quality of this winery and its wines, Haan Wines took out the prestigious award at IWSC as “Australian Producer of the Year” in 2005.