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Heathcote Estate Shiraz 2011

Heathcote Estate Shiraz 2011

Heathcote, Victoria   |    750ml   |    14.5%
Heathcote Estate was established in 1999 as an ultra premium producer solely focused on the production of one wine - a single vineyard Shiraz. The Bialkower and Kirby families shared vision of excellence is reflected in their single-minded focus on quality across the entire winemaking process.

"93 Points. The 2011 Heathcote Estate Shiraz has fared exceedingly well given the cool, wet conditions. 40% of the Shiraz grapes were declassified which probably explains how succesful the wine is. Incorporates a small amount of whole bunches which you pretty much have to go looking for. Fermented and matured in French oak for 17 months (20% new). Fresh but intense blackberry and plums mix with violets and bay leaf on the nose. It’s about as peppery as I’ve seen any previous release going all the way back to 2002, but I like it spicy. There are sanguine and saline notes which, along with high-grade savoury oak, provide a foil for the primary fruit. Subtle herbal action. Not so much earthy as it is flinty. The tannin is typically powdery and feels great. I’ve seen past vintages age well and I can’t see any reason why this won’t do the same"- Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself.

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$39.90
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Heathcote Estate was established in 1999 as an ultra premium producer solely focused on the production of one wine - a single vineyard Heathcote Shiraz. The Bialkower and Kirby families shared vision of excellence is reflected in their single-minded focus on quality across the entire winemaking process.

Heathcote Estate's rich red Cambrian soil and dry mild climate provide the idyllic foundation for producing world class Shiraz. It is for these two reasons that the Heathcote wine district is considered one of Australia's pre-eminent regions for Shiraz.
6
Victoria
Heathcote
750
14.5
The growing season got off to an ideal start, with excellent winter rains increasing water storages and providing soil profile moisture for the vines’ forthcoming season. Spring was to be much cooler and wetter than normal and subsequently budburst was delayed. With the days continuing to warm up throughout spring and plenty of soil moisture available to the vines, the shoot growth gained pace. The vines experienced a rough flowering period, with wet and windy conditions hampering an even set. Crops were to be much lighter than normal, in fact about 40% of long-term averages.

The cooler weather (particularly in regards to daily maximum temperatures) combined with excellent soil moisture meant that the vines were under very little stress throughout the entire ripening period. Subsequently harvest was later than normal by up to four weeks. The vineyard was entirely handpicked with harvest commencing on 29 March and the last parcel of shiraz picked on 5 April. The wet and cool season required detailed and meticulous vineyard management, yields were significantly lower than average, yet quality exceptional. The fruit harvested rewarded our efforts producing wine with detailed flavours, great balance, and finesse rarely seen in Heathcote.

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