JaJa Wine Co
JaJa Barossa Shiraz 2004 ($29.99) screwcap: Near-perfect expression of Barossan shiraz. Dense, black, silken, overwhelmingly generous and yet laced with fine, steely tannin - this wine ain't about to run away anytime soon. Chocked with black, coal-like, slightly brandied fruit, its mocha-like oak is tucked firmly into the fruit's embrace - this is a very satisfying red wine. It deserves to make a mark as one of the new Barossa reds to look out for - the price, too, is ten dollars per bottle less than it could be. Beautiful. Drink: 2007-2016. 94 points.
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front ; Link to review
This is from Stonewell in the sub-region of Marananga. The winemaker is Barossa superstar Troy Kalleske and the executive producers are brothers Pierre and Bert Werden. The name Ja Ja is an acronym derived from the names of their four children - Jake, Andrew, Jordan and Alana. Bert has had another kiddy called Tara since so maybe they should call future releases Ja Ja Ta…which sounds a bit like a cracker and could be wholly appropriate based on the quality of this first release.
Aromas of blackberry, plum, raspberry, aniseed and meaty coffee oak with just a suggestion of fresh mint. On the palate full bodied and packed with an array of lush blackberry, dark cherry and raspberry fruit backed with savoury meaty toasty oak. Beautiful ripe textural tannins here. The mouthfeel is outstanding. Finishes long with blackberry/raspberry and toasty espresso flavours. This is a classic Barossa shiraz offering deep yet vibrant fruit and altogether too much value for money.
Drink : 2007 - 2017; Rated : 94 Points.
Gary Walsh, Winorama ; Link to review
Poke your nose into the glass of this new release and you will be greeted by pure Barossan goodness. It hails from Stonewell in the Marananga sub-region of the Barossa valley and is made by Troy Kalleske for well known Melbourne retailers, Pierre and Bert Werden.
The wine conjours up aromas of macerated blackfruits, black cherries and a touch of raspberry lift, with hints of espresso, dark chocolate, fruit-cake spice and mocha oak. Full-bodied on the palate with a densely packed, swathe of juicy, plush fruit…blackberry, black cherry and juicy plum fruits abound with hints of spice, judicious chocolaty oak and a sprig of mint.The texture and weight in the mouth is impressive as is the ‘melt-in-your-mouth’, ripe, tannin structure. A superb value, first up release that is expressive, balanced, fruit packed and long of finish….a wine that over-delivers in every aspect and punches well-above its weight. Excellent.
Drink:2007-2015; Price:$30; Score:93 Points
Dave Brookes, Vinosense ; Link to review
Jaja Barossa Shiraz 2004, $29.99; This is only less than $30 because
no one’s heard of it – it’s definitely $50-plus quality. Pure, black,
silken, rich Barossan shiraz, treated with care and precision by
young-gun Barossan winemaker Troy Kalleske. See www.jaja.com.au for
Deep inky purple in colour; the nose is a mix of blackberry, dark plums,
rosemary and bitter chocolate. This wine really fills your mouth with
mouth coating tannins, dark chocolate, vanilla and sweet plumy fruit. It
is a wine that is well under priced for the quality in the glass and I
would love to taste it blind along side E&E Black Pepper Shiraz and
Peter Lehmann Stonewell as it is not that far off the mark. 94 points