JJ Hahn Stelzer Road Merlot is a rich deep purple colour, indicative of the variety. The nose displays welcoming hints of stewed plums, perfumed violets, cinnamon and cassis. Further investigation is rewarded with a smooth mouth-filling juice of blackcurrants, sweet spice, nutmeg and cassis.
This wine showcases the lovely softness, elegance and sensitivity that is Merlot. This vineyard has continually produced fruit that doesn’t show excessive ripeness on the nose or on the palate and has always surprised us in the most difficult of years.
The palate is ripe with sweet concentrated fruit and soft velvety tannins. The varietal stewed plums and blackcurrant fill the mouth evenly, with hints of spice such as clove and cinnamon, adding interest and complexity.
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 current custodians, Jacqui and James Hahn still live in the original homestead built 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. Crops are low but do vary depending on the vintage and how the vines themselves deliver the crop. Vintages that are not good enough are skipped.