Heathcote Shiraz 2016

Region: Heathcote, Victoria
Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Alcohol: 14.5%
Best Consumed: 2017-2022

The journey begins with inviting aromas of ripe red berries, white pepper and dark cherries. This spicy fruit continues on the palate along with lively acidity and elegant tannins creating a luxurious texture that lingers and entices you into taking another sip.

Viticulturist Notes

This parcel of Shiraz fruit was grown in the ancient Cambrian soils of Heathcote in Central Victoria. Crushing during the cool of the night followed by fermentation in sweeping arm red fermenters has allowed gentle extraction of rich flavour and colour. Modern winemaking techniques were employed throughout the process to retain varietal character while maturation in French oak has added smooth tannins complementing the rich fruit.

Wine Harvest Notes

The best way to describe vintage 2016 is fast & furious! There was no orderly ripening of fruit, no luxury of white fruit followed by red fruit, it was like the flood gates opened and everything just rolled in at once. Again we had little rain and a very hot spring leading up to harvest, which meant things ripened faster than normal. Optimum flavours and ripeness came on more quickly than previous years and the only way around it was to pick as fast as we could. Thankfully we worked our way through it, and the resulting quality is excellent.

Food Recommendations:

This wine has been made with food in mind. It is a great match with roast beef, lamb or game meats, and medium intensity dishes like porcini mushroom risotto or fine cheese.