Tyrrell's Sacred Sites Johnno's Shiraz 2022


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Hunter Valley, Australia
98 points




Nestled within Johnno’s vineyard, the Shiraz vines have stood since 1908, rooted in sandy alluvial soils—a stark departure from the deep-red clay over limestone of our 4 Acres and Weinkeller vineyards. This distinction not only sets the soil apart from our other super-premium blocks but also imparts a unique character to the wine, setting it apart from the rest of our reds.

Radiating a vibrant, alluring purple hue, the wine beckons with an aromatic bouquet of red fruits and violets, delicately accented by a whisper of oak. True to its nature, Johnno’s Shiraz embodies a distinct personality and depth, courtesy of its sandy soil terroir. Bold flavors of intense blackberry-like fruit intertwine seamlessly with nuances of new oak and fine, grainy tannins, creating a symphony of complexity on the palate.

Remarkably fresh, the wine's vitality stands as a testament to the resilience of these sandy sites, particularly notable in drought seasons. Johnno’s Shiraz is a testament to the unique terroir and meticulous craftsmanship that defines our winemaking philosophy, offering a journey of discovery with each sip.


98 points
Erin Larkin

This year, the 2022 8 Acres Shiraz seems to me to be the synthesis of 4 Acres and Johnno's. It has the supple, persistent drive of 4 Acres and the structure and filling of Johnno's. Together, they sing. This is excellent. It is supple, herbal, leafy and spicy, with notes of roses, tobacco, jasmine, lavender, black tea, peppercorns (pink and black and a few Sichuan), pomegranate, raspberry, iodine and blood plum. It is gorgeous, exciting, affirming. The 8 Acres vineyard was planted in 1892 on deep red clay soils over limestone. This was matured in a single three-year-old French oak cask for 14 months. 3,333 bottles filled. 13.5% alcohol, sealed under screw cap. Drink: 2023 - 2048.

96 points
Ned Goodwin MW

Crunchy, brambly and brimming with summer-berry pudding accents, drawn taut by a chord of finely sewn tannins. This is the only wine of the 'Sacred Sites' that is inoculated. A more generous wine than the 4 Acres and easier to love, if not slightly less refined. Mid-weighted, but ever more forceful and kinetic across the mid-drift to the long finish, despite its definitive Hunter mid-weight. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

94 points
Gary Walsh

Savoury, gently earthy style, aniseed, boysenberry and blueberry, dusty spicy oak. It offers a good core of fruit, a fine grained sandiness/gravel feel to tannin, a little toasty oak shows its hand as a young wine, but gee there?s an excellent volume of fruit here, and a finish of excellent length. It?s supple and succulent and will show very well with a few more years under its belt. Johnno?s has a loyal following, and no doubt some fanciers may think my scoring a little churlish, but there you have it.


Screw cap
Serving Temp.
16-18 °C
Cellar until
2026 - 2048
Food pairing

Tasting Profile

Intense purple colour, the nose shows riper, pretty, attention grabbing aromatics.
The palate has a pure red fruited clarity and wonderful round shape that coats the mouth. The acid and tannin, similar to 4 Acres, work seamlessly together giving the wine drive and length.

Tyrrell's Sacred Sites Johnno's Shiraz 2022

Tyrrell's Sacred Sites Johnno's Shiraz 2022

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