This restricted release wine is named in honour of the founder, Alexander Campbell Johnston, who over 122 years ago planted his first small vine cutting in iron laden, rich red soil near the township of McLaren Vale. The Johnston Family still produce estate grown wines and operate one of Australia's oldest wineries - Pirramimma.
ACJ is only produced if selected parcels display outstanding varietal and regional characters. The exceptional 2010 vintage provided such fruit for the fourth ACJ release of 500 dozen.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
A 42/31/20/7% blend of petit verdot, shiraz, cabernet and merlot. Still deeply vividly coloured, this is full on, full-bodied stuff, the deep wells of black fruits encased in a shroud of tannin and oak. All the usual McLaren Vale bibs and bobs, with licorice, allspice and dark chocolate. To be approached with caution and respect around '25. Rating 95 - Drink by 2040 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2015).
Winery Tasting Notes
Varietal Makeup: a blend of 42% Petit Verdot from the Siberia Block, 31% Shiraz from our War Horse Block, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from Homestead Vineyard and 7% Merlot from Basket Weaved Katunga Vineyard
The bouquet displays briary blackberry, prune, violets and black olive with hints of subtle vanillin oak and musk.
On the palate, intense black cherry, blueberry, liquorice and spicy black plum are complimented by hints of red currant and cedary oak. All enveloped in fine grain savoury French oak. The wine has a beautifully integrated seam of firm tannin and a long sustained finish.
Medals & Trophies
Gold Medal 2015 AWC-VIENNA, International Wine Challenge
Silver Medal - International Wine Show - New Zealand - 2015