Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Shiraz Barossa South Australia
Dutschke are the birthplace of Barossa Merlot, originally sown in 1980 by Ken Semmler, cuttings from Block 80 were removed and replanted by the Vine Improvement Society into nascent sites on some of the nation's most prestigious vineyards. The inaugural harvest of 1990 was mixed with Cabernet and Shiraz under the moniker Willowbend. Since then the branding has evolved into Dutschke, the pick of the estate's Merlot is reserved each year for a pure, St Jakobi Vineyard wine.
Ken Semmler returned to the Barossa after a tour of duty with the RAAF, dodging anti aircraft fire above the jungles of Vietnam. He went to work on his father's farm, planting vines which today are source to some of Lyndoch finest wine grapes. Only the best parcels are vinified and branded as Dutschke, the majority are passed on to other estates. Merlot off fully mature vines grown to the 1980 Block on the elite St. Jakobi family vineyard, are treated to an extravagant maturation of fifteen months in a selection of new and prior use American and French oak hogsheads. Alcohol 14.5%
Deep garnet colour. Distinctive perfumed dark berry perfumes, cocoa and carob oak, seasoned by a twist of aromatically spiced French vanilla bean, underbrush and clove. A round soft plum berry palate of fresh fruit flavours, black cherries, parched purple currant characters, all supported by a fine length of pliant velvet tannin and seamless French vanilla oak.