Heathcote Wine Region, in Central Victoria, has grown a reputation as a great place to grow Shiraz. The region features a deep strip of rare, ancient, red Cambrian soil with excellent moisture retention characteristics, virtually eliminating the need for irrigation. It is this red soil that gives Heathcote Shiraz its distinctive character.
After a cold and wet 2011 vintage, the HRW winery crew were looking for some warm, dry weather. At first it all looked a little too much like dejà vu, cold and wet mixed with warm sunny and therefore humid days meant very strong disease pressure, but luckily our hard working and passionate team of vineyard workers worked around the clock to make sure we didn't have any recurring nightmares.
It eventually warmed up and with warmth came these beautiful crops of delicious well balanced ripe fruit. Athols Paddock Heathcote Shiraz as usual was a real star. I might say this every year, but it is easily the best it has ever looked. Abundant fruit characters, silky smooth tannins and epic length really make this a wine I am sure I will always be proud of.
Heathcote Shiraz- Done 4 ways
Rob and the very highly qualified vintage team at Hanging Rock worked very hard over the 2012 vintage to give our Heathcote Shiraz the optimal complexity, structure and balance. They did this by processing the fruit 4 ways.
The end result is a very complex, yet delicate product. It has a velvety texture with chewy tannins. Despite the style of the wine being more Syrah rather than our traditional Shiraz it will still age very well for 10-15 years.
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Colour: Dark plum with a deep Burgundy hue.
Nose: Intense rich, vanillian and plum notes with a cedar undertone.
Palate: Lively notes of summer berries and dark fruits mixed with an ubundance of velvety tannins. Finished off with great length.
Cellaring: This wine is exceptionally well structured with plenty of intensity. We expect it to be fantasting drinking for the next 15-20 years.
Food Matching: Gamey meat dishes such as rabbit or Venison.Awards & Reviews: 95 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2016