This restricted release wine is named in honour of our founder, Alexander Campbell Johnston, who over 124 years ago planted his first small vine cutting in iron laden, rich red soil near the
township of McLaren Vale. The Johnston Family still produce estate grown wines and operate one of Australia’s oldest wineries – PIRRAMIMMA.
Only produced if selected parcels display outstanding varietal and regional characters. The exceptional 2013 vintage provided such fruit for our fifth ACJ release of 500 dozen. The
wine is a blend of 51% Shiraz from our War Horse block, 26% Petit Verdot from the Siberia block, 15% Cabernet from our Homestead vineyard and 8% merlot from our Basket Weaved Katunga Vineyard.
The bouquet displays briary blackberry, prune, violets and black olive with hints of subtle vanillin oak and toasted almond.
On the palate intense black cherry, blueberry, liquorice and spicy red currant are complemented by hints of musk and cedary oak. All enveloped in fine grained savoury French oak. The wine has a beautifully integrated seam of firm tannin and long sustained finish. Aerate extensively to drink now or will age gracefully with correct cellaring