How do you judge perfection in wine? Is there even such a thing? We think there is and that Jericho makes perfect wines. That’s a big claim, but when we drink their wines, we wouldn’t change a thing.
Take the 2016 GSM. It’s perfumed and savoury all at the same time. It’s juicy and vibrant. It’s a wine for drinking, not sipping, but there’s plenty there to contemplate and analyse, if you’re so inclined. Drink it young while the flavours are bright and fresh. Drink it with friends, with pizza or pop it in the fridge for half an hour on a hot summer’s day and enjoy it with a steak from the barbeque. However you drink it, it’s a wine that puts a smile on your face and we think that makes it pretty damn perfect.
And it’s not just the GSM; the whole range is built on the glorious balance of drinkability and complexity. These are small-batch wines that celebrate place and above all variety. Fruit is the star with oak well and truly in the background, never dominating or overpowering.
In March 2014 James Halliday, described Jericho Family Wines as a ‘star in the making’. It’s fair to say that, four years on, that star is shining brightly. We were really excited to share their wines with you in 2017 and look forward to sourcing more and more great drops in the months and years to come. Here’s to plenty more perfection!
Why we love Jericho
• Celebration of fruit, not overpowered by oak
• Everything in balance
• Pure drinkability
"In excellent form. The mix of fruit sweetness, savouriness and spiciness is exemplary. Boysenberry, black cherry and sweet raspberry flavours blend seamlessly with dry spice, earth and peppers. Oak flavour plays no obvious role. Floral notes though add a prettiness. Pitch perfect GSM." Campbell Mattinson
Item Code: ITM6278
"Flavour, texture and length matched to juicy drinkability. What’s not to like? Preserved lemon, grapefruit, hints of smoked lemongrass, tropical fruit and slight candid note. It’s both seductive and sophisticated at once." Campbell Mattinson
Item Code: ITM6280
"This has a delicious future ahead of it. It combines fruit and oak to excellent effect but it has an inherent complexity just itching for a bit more bottle age. It tastes of blueberry, red liquorice and black cherry, splashes dried herbs and cedarwood about, and has a perfumed water-based feel to it; it’s very much in the “Burgundian Shiraz” mould. Beautiful drinking." Campbell Mattinson
Item Code: ITM6281
"Silken shiraz with creamy texture and plenty of fruit weight/flavour. Satisfying from go to whoa. Flavours are in the blackberry, violet and kirsch spectrum, with clove- and vanilla-like nuances playing about the edges. Grainy tannin rumbles through the finish. It’s in a good place now though it will mature well too. Lovely fruit expression here." Campbell Mattinson
Item Code: ITM6279