ARRIVING January 2022
'96 points. The grand complexity of Joseph meets every expectation of its deep and complex recipe, capturing all the depth and character of McLaren Vale cabernet, merlot and shiraz young and old. A deep purple hue heralds a universe of expansive complexity, spanning primary black plum and black cherry fruit, secondary roast nuts, dark chocolate and coffee and the tertiary allure of black olives. Firm, fine tannins and well-gauged dosage unite seamlessly on a long finish of captivating personality. Another great in the grand lineage of Joseph’ - Tyson Stelzer, Australian Sparkling Report
To create the JOSEPH Sparkling Red a hogshead of the ultra premium JOSEPH Moda Cabernet Merlot from every year since 1991 and Primo Estate Shiraz from 1989 is added to a unique blend of museum vintages from the past 40 years. A tirage is completed only every 18-24 months, ensuring the base wine retains its unique character derived from the aged wines in the blend. After traditional fermentation in the bottle, the JOSEPH Sparkling Red disgorgement is rested on yeast lees for 24 months before hand disgorgement. It was liqueured carefully with a blend of aged Australian fortified wines to ensure a savoury style with perfect balance.
The team demonstrated a Herculean effort to get the Sparkling red delivered in time for Christmas. Very good communication and friendly helpful service. The wine went well with the goose and is a stunning sparkling red.
You have only to read the description of the wine to know that it will be extraordinary and it was. I drank it with friends outside on a cold, wet May day and it cheered us up no end! As usual the AWC delivery service and communication were prompt and efficient.