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: Jeanerrett



Jeanerret Road, Sevenhill, 5453

Cellar Door: Mon - Fri (9.30 - 5), weekends and pub hols (10 -5).

Ph: (08) 8843 4308

jeanerrett label

Jeanerret was created by Denis and Patricia Jeanneret.The first wine (a Shiraz) was made in 1992 although the winery did not open until 1994. After Denis's sudden death in 1999 his son, Ben, took over the wine-making.

The small-medium sized winery has established a reputation as a good producer of Shiraz, Tawny Port, and of course, the Riesling. One of the more unsusal wines is a sparkling Grenache - but it works !

Ben says, I believe in allowing nature to do its work so we only produce fruit which is hand picked from hand pruned vines and not irrigated with River Murray water. During the winemaking process, I am not too fussed if nature beats me and wild yeasts begin the ferments. I encourage minimal handling of the juice, allowing the ferments to progress in a slow and easy manner. This, I believe, allows the wines to reflect the perfection of nature. The end result, I hope, is that my wines maintain the varietal and regional character from where they originated. (Jeanneret website). Ben is also responsible for the creative names used on recent vintages.

The cellar door and tasting area is located in the renovated stone cellar of the family home in a bushland setting, bordering the Spring Gully Conservation Park on the western edge of the Clare Valley.

The 10 acres are operated according to organic viticulture practices and all fruit on the property is grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides.

The cellar door features an outdoor tasting and picnic area. Accomodation is also available in the stone and tin cottage, Grace and Favour at Stanley Flat.

The winery and cellar door exterior (photo: genxywines)
Jeanerrett cellar door (photo: genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Jeanneret Single Vineyard Sevenhill Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2017 or 2026 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2017, focussed and racy apple, lime and lemon sherbet with a touch of blackcurrant, bright citrus blossom florals, brown spices, a talcy mineral spine with well judged acidity on the slaty finish (****1/2)

Jeanneret Rank and File Shiraz Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2017, from five vineyards in North Clare, no fining or filtering, full bodied and spicy cassis, dark plums and liquorice with overt creamy chocolate/cedar oak, grainy and ripe tannins and high 15.5% alcohol (***1/2)

Jeanneret Hummer Merlot 2012

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2017, from 45 year old vines in the north of the region, no fining, substantial 31% Shiraz component, deep inky black colour, ripe and plush plumcake and blackberry with anise, pepper and violet notes, grainy tannins and charry French oak (***1/2)

Jeanerret Single Vineyard Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2015 or 2024+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, floral and quite intense lime, lemon sherbet and red apple, citrus blossom florals, shows the sub-region openness and plumpness, good length with some minerality and a vibrant wet slate finish (****1/2)

Jeanneret Fine Girl Riesling 2011

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2013 or 2021 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, bright lemon drop, kaffir lime and green apple flavours with a hint of dried apricot and some brown spices, long with racy grapefruit rind acidity but not too bracing, chalky texture with fine phenolics (****)

Jeanneret Watervale Riesling 2010

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melb ($26)

Drink: 2012 or 2020 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, single vineyard release as they were so impressed with the fruit, straw yellow colour, floral jasmine and citrus blossom nose is slightly reductive, quite dry and powerful green apple, passionfruit and lime sherbert with penetrating chalky grapefruit acidity and subtle warm brown spices that wrap the fruit core, very long and shapely but has the Watervale sub-region open approachability, not for those scared by bracing acidity (****)

Jeanneret Dennis Reserve Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, full bodied and rich showing blackberry, dark plum and redcurrant with fruitcake and liquorice aspects, warm brown spices with well balanced acidity and fine tannins, creamy chocolate-cedar oak with a touch of mint on the finish (****)

Jeanneret Hawny Tawny Cronies Port NV

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, lush and richly flavoured showing raisened currants, stewed plum, blackberry jam and marzipan with nutty rancio and a whiff of smoked bacon, well integrated spirit and balanced acids (****)

Jeanneret Big Fine Girl Riesling 2009

Purchased: Cellar Door ($19)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, long and flavoursome green lime, passionfruit and lemon sherbert with lavender notes, slightly sweet with a fresh powdery citrus and wet stone finish (***1/2)

Jeanneret Fancy Pants Sparkling Grenache 2006

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, from old bush vines in the north of the region, fresh and spicy cranberry, blueberry and chocolate flavours with the 10% vintage port dosage fairly well integrated, balanced with good length (***1/2)

Jeanneret Grace and Favour Grenache Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, blend of 74% bush vine Grenache with 26 % Shiraz, rather ripe, spicy and full bodied blueberry, blackberry and raspberry with a touch of iodine, the palate becomes more savoury on the mid-palate and infused with the loose knit chassis of powdery tannins, mocha-coffee and dark chocolate oak aspects (***1/2)

Jeanneret Curly Red Cabernets 2005

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec, spicy blackcurrant and redcurrant with leaf and mint notes, full bodied palate becomes more savoury with Malbec adding dark fruit mid-palate weight, spicy cedar-vanilla from the French oak treatment, soft and dusty tannins (***1/2)

Jeanneret Dilly Dally Merlot 2007

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, juicy core of glazed cherry and plum with a touch of raspberry, only a light dusting of brown spices, medium-full bodied, the dusty tannins are a little more overt than the 2006 but nothing scary, mainly French oak (***)

Jeanneret Rank and File Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, rather big and jammy style showing juicy blackberry, stewed plum and mulberry with pepper and liquorice notes, the full bodied palate is quite smooth with overt heat from the 15.5% alcohol driving the back end, creamy cedar-vanilla oak, chocolate and fine, soft tannins on the finish (***)

Jeanneret Stumbling Block Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, Semillon dominates this summer quaffing blend with fresh lemon, lime and a touch of honeydew melon and other tropical fruits, soft acids on the chalky finish (***)

Jeanneret Oakey Dokey Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, buttery with apple, melon and nutty lees that creates a bit of an apple crumble taste, toasty oak with lemon acids, a bit broad for a higher score (***)

Jeanneret Clare Valley Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, attractive lime and lemon nose, green apple and lemon shebert palate, early developing, fairly sweet honeysuckle with some obvious residual sugar, chalky backbone, crisp lime citrus acid finish (***1/2)

Jeanneret Clare Valley Grenache Shiraz 2004

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton ($18)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, 80% Grenache in blend, blueberry, sour cherry, blackberry and liquorice notes, the medium bodied and savoury palate is certainly far from seamless but the Shiraz adds length, aged oak adds vanilla and cigar box features without getting in the way of the fruit, fine tannins (***1/2)

Jeanneret Clare Valley Shiraz 2003

Purchased: July 2005

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: July 2005, powerful block-buster blackberry and chocolate style, tannins still a bit too strong, strong smoky oak, but should integrate with three or four years cellaring (***1/2)

Jeanneret Clare valley Riesling 2003

Purchased: 2004 ( $22)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: November 2004, from 35 year old vines, the familiar Clare Valley lime and citrus, tight and dry with a long finish, good but nothing special yet but no doubt could do with a couple of years cellaring (***1/2)