The Shiraz is an individual vineyard wine made from the original vineyard, now 40 years old, planted in 1971. It is dense, rich and concentrated, with complex savoury secondary characters overlying the sweet plummy Shiraz fruit. Partial barrel fermentation in new French oak barriques and extended maceration on skins of the remaining must, builds depth and texture. This helps balance the power and natural ripeness of the dry grown Heathcote Shiraz, resulting in a multi layered, rich and powerful palate, but still with elegant fine grained tannin structure and length.
Dark red/black with magenta hue
Deep dark berry fruit, spicy earthy nuances with toasty oak backdrop
Sweet powerful intense fruit, still quite tight with spicy acidity, and fine-grained charry tannins. An unctuous palate, demanding another mouthful.
All parameters would indicate a long life ahead, at least a decade and probably two. The high alcohol is balanced by rich fruit, plenty of acid, and strong tannin, all round, lots of everything!
12 months in 75% new French Troncais oak barriques