This JJ Hahn Homestead Cabernet Sauvignon is blended from the fruit of mature vines grown on the winery’s home block in the western ridge of the Barossa Valley. Hand-harvested, the wine is aged in a mixture of French and American oak barrels before being blended to style.
The resultant wine shows fine tannins supporting a long palate of dark berries, sweet spice and bitter chocolate. The JJ Hahn Homestead Cabernet Sauvignon displays distinctive, full-bodied Barossa characters of mulberry, dark melted chocolate, prune juice, plum pudding and baked cherry stones, with edges of mint and herb which complement the savoury, tight knit French oak background. Barossa Cabernet made in the right hands is as unique as its famous partner, Barossa Shiraz.
The Hahn’s are as Barossa blue blood as you can get; almost national treasures. Maria and Johann Christian Hahn arrived in the Barossa Valley in 1845. Like all the early Barossa settlers they were of Silesian-German descent. Early settlers also staked out the best of the valleys farm land. Remarkably this land holding is still in Hahn family hands, six generations on.
The history does not stop there as the current custodians, Jacqui and James Hahn still live in the original homestead constructed from 1846 to 1848. The partnership of Rolf Binder/Veritas wines and the Hahn family is to recognize the heritage status of this family, the ancient vines and their unique part of the Barossa Valley’s history. The Hahn’s tend the vines and the crop and the two consult each other to set cropping levels through to the time of harvest.
Crops are low but do vary from 1.5 to 3 tonnes per acre depending on the vintage and how the vines themselves deliver the crop. Rolf normally asks for two pickings about five days apart as he believes this gives a greater range of complexity in the final wines. They skip vintages that are not good enough.