Laughing Jack 'Jacks' Shiraz 2017

  • A Shiraz that screams the Barossa, with juicy forest fruits upfront, lingering spice & smooth, fine grain tannins.
  • A lively mix of plums, mulberry and blackberry entice the nose, as well as hints of lavender, herbs and a touch of mixed spice.
  • Winemaker Shawn Kalleske say that this is “the perfect weight for Jack’s Shiraz, this wine is everything it should be and more!”
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Editors notes

A Shiraz that screams the Barossa, with juicy forest fruits upfront, lingering spice & smooth, fine grain tannins. A lively mix of plums, mulberry and blackberry entice the nose, as well as hints of lavender, herbs and a touch of mixed spice. Winemaker Shawn Kalleske say that this is “the perfect weight for Jack’s Shiraz, this wine is everything it should be and more!”


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

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Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.

Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.

Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.

With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)

For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhone Valley and that the variety would cook in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the region's propensity to produce world-class wines.

Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Cabernet Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."

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About the brand Laughing Jack

On 15th May 1841, at the age of 22, Karl Heinrich Eduard Kalleske (born 10th October 1818 in Prussia) bought 40 acres of land at Hope Valley, not far from Klemzig. Here, with his wife Anna Rosina Mattner they had their first child. August was born of Eduard and Rosina in 1843. The couple spent a short time in Hahndorf before selling their property at Hope Valley in 1846. A year later, the young family moved to the Barossa Valley and settled at Jacob’s Creek near Rowland’s Flat. Over the next 10 years, Eduard and Rosina bought multiple properties throughout the Barossa Valley in areas such as Jacobs Creek, Greenock and Moppa; at one point paying $520 for a total of 261 acres. Importantly, in 1855, Eduard purchased land at Greenock where the current Kalleske family reside. Eduard and Rosina spent many years of hard work farming their properties, growing wheat and grazing sheep and cattle, until they finally retired in 1880 and moved into Nuriootpa. As a young man, their eldest son August had helped farm the family property and later owned part at Greenock and Moppa until 1889 when it was then transferred to his son, Hermann Kalleske. Now, fast forward to the sixth generation of family growers to have lived in the Barossa Valley, the three Kalleske brothers, Nathan, Shawn and Damon, still help their parents work the family property. With Ian and Carol still at the realm, each of the boys has their own speciality working on the property. Eldest son Nathan runs the cropping land on the Kalleske family property and also helps in the vineyards, spending four months of the year in the bitter cold pruning the precious vines. Youngest brother Damon is a ‘Jack of all trades’, from keeping the machinery in good working order to day-to-day operations in the vineyard and the family winery. For 152 years, from 1847 to 1999, the extended family of Eduard and Rosina Kalleske worked very hard farming and growing grapes in the Barossa Valley. But Shawn became the first of all the extended Kalleske family to make the progression from grape growing to wine making in 1999, when Laughing Jack was born. Laughing Jack’s first vintage consisted of 352 cases of glorious old vine Shiraz. Although vineyards are a passion of the Kalleske’s, they still grow cereal crops and graze sheep on the property. Shawn purchased the Marananga property in 2005 from his Aunty Jan and Uncle Keith. Today, this is the home of the Laughing Jack Winery. 2012 was the first vintage at Marananga and an amazing vintage to kick off with after spending 13 memorable vintages at the old Greenock winery.

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