Tasting Notes :
Winter and spring were atypically dry with a very mild summer, perfect for long slow dry aging of Shiraz grapes. I love this vintage as I always enjoy the long, slow and cooler vintages in Heathcote. They produce wines of great finesse and elegance. Very bright crimson and purple in colour. Intense perfume of lifted wild raspberries, black olives, soy and turned earth. Crushed granite, red and black cherries, graphite and gun smoke with energetic freshness and length, the palate shows the best of Heathcote with a light touch. Savoury dried herbs and spice, graphite and tapenade again, with very fine tannin coming from the 80% whole bunches during ferment, balanced red fruits leading though a long savoury finish. Concentrated but light on its feet.
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The essence of this wine is that it can be enjoyed as an every day quaffer! No need to age this wine (but will easily last 5+ years) it can be enjoyed on it’s own or enjoyed with a home cooked roast, slow braise, a bowl of pasta, pizza or at a casual bbq.
"Some whole bunch (80%). A delightful wine in its varied incarnations. From a couple of vineyards.
Flavoursome, quick fix bistro style of ‘syrah’, let’s say, with lively pepper and spice character, red berries, faint anise and green herb. A little slipperiness to the palate followed by a light chew and through and through a toothsome crunch to texture, even with some broodier, riper fruit character to taste. Straight up yum."
92Pts, Mike Bennie, The Winefront