92 points – The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker – October 2004
“St. Jakobi” Lutheran church sits on the corner of Lyndoch Valley and Kreig Roads, along side of our family vineyard at Lyndoch in the Barossa Valley. My Grandfather, Oscar Semmler purchased the vineyard property in 1934, and the Church is where my great grandparents, grandparents, parents and now Brenda and myself have all been married.
The Shiraz vines on our family vineyard planted in 1975 are consistent year after year in providing grapes with the rich spicy, plum and chocolate like characters that we find in both the St. Jakobi and Oscar Semmler Shiraz.
This 2002 “St Jakobi” Shiraz is the fifth release of this wine, and has the similar big, full, rich characters as the first “St. Jak’s” produced in 1998. The generous mouth filling dark plum and black cherry fruit flavours, blend well with the vanillin and spicy oak characters. The finish is long, with lasting plummy fruit, complimenting clean, fresh acidity and soft drying oak tannin.
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