Heathcote Estate Shiraz 2016

Heathcote Estate Shiraz 2017

Heathcote, Victoria   |    750ml   |    14%

This 2017 Heathcote Estate Shiraz is another top line example of Heathcote Shiraz that was a dominant performer at the 2019 Sydney Royal Wine Show. Awarded the coveted 'Best Wine Of Show', chair of judges PJ Charteris praised it as, “Perfectly poised fruit showing a sense of place while flavour and structure show the generosity of this variety with complementary elegance,”

Beautifully structured with layers of red and black fruit flavours and lovely floral notes, this displays the typical concentration and balance Heathcote Estate is famous for. A wine that has attracted plenty of recent interest, it undoubtedly has the structure to cellar for at least another decade.

"95 Points. Crafted from an assortment of clones across five separate plots, divvied into select parcels to create, in all, nine batches of pre-blended wine. Fermented in open and closed fermenters with a dash of whole-cluster fruit, before transfer to a variety of French wood for a year of maturation. The result is a lustrous shiraz. Magenta. Dark berry fruit aromas flecked with mint and bitter chocolate, segue to a rich mid-palate of licorice strap, varnished leather and chewy tannins doused in coffee grind, servicing an emphatic finish. This needs time. Far fresher than past years. Screwcap. 14%. To 2033. $45"- Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion 2020.
Best Wine Of Show - 2019 Royal Sydney Wine Show

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Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
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.
VINTAGE 2017: The 2017 vintage in Heathcote was characterised by a long, cooler than average growing season, producing wines with great detail and structure. A relatively cold winter was followed by a cool and dry spring. The cool, dry and consistent conditions prevailed throughout summer, resulting in a later than average harvest date in early March 2017.

THE VINEYARD: The Heathcote Estate vineyard was planted in 1999 and is situated on Drummond's Lane, bordering the well-known Jasper Hill Emily’s Paddock Vineyard.

The vineyard is planted on the slightly undulating, north-facing country on the ancient Cambrian soils which define the heart of the region. This is classic Heathcote terrain - rich red-brown top soil of variable depth, but on average 15 centimetres lying above a sub-soil of clay, small rocks, ‘greenstones’, quartz and rubble.

This is scarcely fertile country, but it is ideal for vines as it has excellent water-holding capacity, without promoting too much vigour. The vast majority of the vineyard is planted to Shiraz (72 acres), with just one block of grenache. There are five clones of shiraz planted - BVRC12, BVRC30, ESA3021, PT23, SA1654, SA1127.

WINEMAKING: Winemaking is essentially a pretty simple process and there is much talk these days about winemakers who ‘do nothing’. That doesn’t particularly make much sense to us, do nothing, get nothing. We like to describe it more like minimal intervention. A combination of intervening when required, but also backing off when we let nature run it’s course.

It is an evolution and philosophy that we are continually refining and tweaking. This results in subtle modifications of our techniques, such as increased use of whole bunches in the ferments, maturation in large 6,500L oak vats and 500L French oak barrels and shorter barrel ageing times.

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