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2018 Jimmy’s Block Shiraz

Single Vineyard | Adelaide Hills
(7 customer reviews)

$210.00 per 12 bottle case

Variety: Shiraz
Vintage: 2018
Planted: 1998 with 100-year-old cuttings from a Springton vineyard
Vineyard: Jimmy’s favourite block on our Mike Press Single Vineyard, Lobethal, Adelaide Hills
Oak Maturation: American Oak for 12 months
Alcohol: 14.7%
When: Drink now or cellar for 5 to 10 years
Food: Team it up with your favourite red meat and you will never be disappointed.Think steak and chips, roast beef and gravy, lamb chops with salad; whichever way you go, it’s a winner!

“When you spend 20 years working in a vineyard, it’s hard not to develop a soft spot for your favourite block.

I have been turning the fruit from my favourite block into a wine of its own for years now – the MP1 Shiraz – but our Vineyard Manager (who happens to be my son Jimmy) has a very different idea of which block should get a label all of its own.

So, after years of hearing him tell me this block is “way too good not to have a wine of its own”, we thought the time was right to indulge him and give it a go. Boy, are we happy we did!

Jimmy’s Block Shiraz, like the man himself, doesn’t take itself too seriously. This is a wine you can happily enjoy on a Tuesday night with a steak on the BBQ, or on a Sunday afternoon with cheese and crackers, or anytime with anything really!”

Cheers, Mike

Jimmy’s Block Shiraz 2018 Tasting Note


  1. Winestate Magazine

    An oak driven style with a peppery spicy lift to the black fruit fragrances and quite a dry palate full of flavours of plums and herbs with good tannins. 4.5 Stars

  2. David K

    A great drop.

  3. Simon Edwards

    Excellent Drinking – the 2018 standard Shiraz is a very good drop, but this is even a large step up again…. I look forward to putting some away for a few years time and then seeing how it has even improved more (if that is possible)…. Thanks Mike and Jimmy…..

  4. Tony Love

    “A single-vineyard, single-block variation that is a step up from the producer’s standard estate shiraz, named after the favourite parcel of his (vineyard manager) son. The nose is classic cooler-climate blueberry to crimson plum with a display of peppery spice, all spilling into the palate with plenty of brightness and vitality, backed in with good upright structure and length. Very smart at this rate.” Special Value
    94 points Silver | Halliday Wine Companion | Dec 2020

  5. Tyson Stelzer

    “Ignore the playful label and ludicrously low price, this is a monumental wine and one of the greatest yet to emerge from this beloved estate. After 20 years in the ground, it was only a matter of time before Mike singled out his favourite block, egged on by his son and vineyard manager, Jimmy. On paper it’s identical to his famous estate shiraz of the same season, but the wine projects an altogether different and much more serious and polished mood. Grand testimony to the distinctiveness even of blocks within the same vineyard, this label is much closer in style and shape to Mike’s fabled shiraz prior to its evolution to a more approachable style since 2016. And it’s more than this, too. A medium, vibrant purple hue, it’s built around a fantastic and focused singularity of satsuma plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit, confidently supported by the dark chocolate and fine-grained tannins of 12 months maturation in American oak barrels. Vibrant acidity, fabulous fruit and beautifully deployed tannins unite on a finish of profound line and length.”
    tsyonstelzer.com | #1 Top 12 Oz under $25 for 2020 | Sep 2020

  6. James Halliday

    “Excellent depth; the attractive cherry/berry fruit of the bouquet doesn’t prepare you for the complexity of the texture, the structure and the chorus of black fruits on the long, balanced palate. Overt oak influence is impressive in its absence.”
    94 points | Drink to 2028 | The Weekend Australian Magazine | Feb 2021

  7. Ashok Chand (verified owner)

    I was stunned by this Shiraz. Probably the best red I have had. And I have had some great wines from McLaren Vale and Barossa, up to $150 per bottle.
    I don’t think I am buying wine from anywhere else. After tasting the one bottle I ordered in a mixed pack, I have ordered a dozen straight away.

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