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St John's Road

The Evangelist Shiraz

The Evangelist is sourced from three key sub-regions in the Barossa, each showcasing an distinguished example of old-vine-Shiraz.

Eden Valley: Grower Mick Hearnden,
55-year-old plantings.
Ebenezer: Grower Warwick Murray, Resurrection Vineyard,
80-year-old plantings.
Stonewell: Growers Paul & Angie Schutz,
80-year-old Bush Vines

We cherish Barossa Old-Vine Shiraz for complexity and nuance, reflection of growing site, and depth of flavour. We blended these three parcels as an Evangelist for the ancient vines which inhabit this wonderful and wildly diverse growing region.


Vintages and Tasting notes
2014 | 2015
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Wine Press and Accolades

2015 The Evangelist Shiraz : 95 points - Toni Paterson - The Real Review – Feb 2018

Ripe fruit with remarkable density though there is also a desirable coolness to the fruit. The palate has the type of plush concentration that you only get from very old vines. The oak is in check, and the balance is impeccable. It is completely delicious now though will age gracefully with time. (Screwcap) Score: 95 ★★★★★ Ageing: now to 2027

2015 The Evangelist Shiraz: 95 points – Tony Keys - The Key Report – Aug 2017

“I do like a wicked wine, one that says don’t fiddle around with wasted words, just get down to the action. Let this beauty entwine you in her strong, sensuous arms, and lead you to a place your mother would be shocked at you going to. As for your dad? Well, he’s just annoyed he never got there. 95 points and well worth $58”

2015 The Evangelist Shiraz: 95 points – Huon Hooke - Hooked on Wine – Jun 2017

“(Barossa Valley & Eden Valley) Deep red/purple hue and a spicy, fumy, violets and licorice aroma, the palate lively, intense, tight and finely focused – elegant rather than rich or expansive. I like the style. (From 3 prized old-vine vineyards, in Eden Valley, Stonewell and Ebenezer)”

2014 Evangelist : 90 points - Toni Paterson - The Real Review – Mar 2017

This is a blend of three old-vine Barossa Vineyards from Eden Valley, Ebenezer and Stonewell. The vineyards range in age from 55 to 80 years old. As expected, there is a lot of concentrated fruit flavours in this wine, but there is also surprising energy, no doubt aided by the inclusion of the cooler Eden Valley fruit. The nose is brimming with cranberries and redcurrants, plus a little crushed-herb. The palate is beautifully supple, with ripe, bright plummy fruit. The key to this wine is the gorgeous mid-palate concentration.

2014 The Evangelist Shiraz: 97 points – Tony Keys - The Key Report – Sep 2016

“Made from grapes originating in three vineyards: two plantings of 80-year-old vines and a youngster just 55 years old. It’s all that top-quality, old-vine Barossa shiraz should be, and more. A wonderful, wicked temptress that takes one to heights of pleasure. Fantastic wine. 97 points and worth $58.”

2014 Evangelist Shiraz: 95 points – Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front – Jul 2016

“Grown on three vineyards : 55-year-old vines in the Eden Valley; 80-year-old vines in the Ebenezer sub-region; 80-year-old bush vines at Stonewall. All into French of, 50% new. It’s swish. It’s soft. It’s plush and generous, without ever seeming overdone, or even close to it. It’s alive with black and blue berried fruit, jubey anise then keeping the sweet flow of flavour coming. Lift? There’s plenty. Floral. You can stamp this with the words ‘fundamentally delicious’. It’s a cracker. It has the tannin structure to match; it leaves no stone unturned.”

2014 Evangelist Shiraz: 96 Points – James Halliday - Wine Companion – Jul 2016

“Strong colour; exceptional mouthfeel ex tannins; much more savoury, but not at expense of dark black fruits, anise; distinguished wine from three old vine vineyards in Eden and Barossa Valleys; very good tannins. Matured for 12 months in French hogsheads (50% new), then blended and matured for a further 6 months in older French oak. ”

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