Undoubtedly one of the most exciting wine regions in Australia, the Heathcote district of Central Victoria is fast establishing itself as home to some of Australia's finest Shiraz.
Heathcote sits on rare, ancient Cambrian soils, formed by volcanic activity over 500,000 million years ago. Weathering and metamorphis with sedimentary rock over time formed deep red soils rich in minerals known as ‘Cambrian earths’. These rare, ancient red coloured soils are well drained yet possess excellent water retention capabilities, making them ideal for viticulture.
While home to big names such as Wild Duck Creek and Jasper Hill, we are increasingly seeing more affordable examples of Heathcote Shiraz emerge, with the likes of Shelmerdine, Sanguine, Tellurian and Flynn’s producing some impressive offerings.
With Shiraz leading the charge, Heathcote has also shown itself capable of producing some other quality reds, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, along with some excellent ‘Rhone’ whites in Marsanne and Roussane.