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Benchmark Heathcote Shiraz From Graillot & Tellurian | 2016 Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier

Located 100 kilometres north of Melbourne, the Heathcote wine region is home to some of Australia's finest Shiraz. Boasting deep ancient red Cambrian soils, the region is famous for delivering intensely flavoured Shiraz with vibrant depth of colour, impeccable structure and rich, complex fruit flavours.

In this edition of Corker we feature a couple of standout examples of Heathcote Shiraz from Graillot and Tellurian; both of which demonstrate why the region is so highly regarded when it comes to Shiraz.

Also featured is the just landed 2016 Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier; made by Bryan Martin at Clonakilla, this is a wine that's already receiving rave reviews and will sell out quickly. 

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2015 Graillot Project Syrah No 2 - $29.90

"Just simply beautiful" - Campbell Mattinson

Graillot is an impressive collaboration between Australian wine importer Robert Walters and iconic Northern Rhone Valley winemaker Alain Graillot. After importing Graillot's wines for many years, Robert decided to utilise the Frenchman's extensive winemaking experience to help him utilise the high quality Heathcote vineyard he had at his disposal.

2015 marks the second release for the Graillot Australia wines with gun winemaker Luke Lambert heading up the winemaking team. Designed to be an early drinking blend, this is a deliciously juicy and fleshy red; exactly what you'd expect from Heathcote Shiraz in the hands of one of Australia's finest winemakers. 

"95 Points. ...The Graillot Project has seemed missing in action over the past few years but it’s back with a bang here. This is a fabulous shiraz/syrah. One sip and I was hooked. It bursts with aroma, is rich with fruit, comes laden with all manner of spice notes and extends gorgeously out and through the finish. It’s a complete wine. It plays a Siren song for the Heathcote region as a whole. It has texture, graphite, nut and herb notes oozing from its pores. Blue and black berried fruits. Just simply beautiful. Tasted: Jun17 Alcohol: 13.5% Price: $35 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2017 - 2027+"- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

 

2014 Tellurian Pastiche Shiraz - $24.90

95 Points | Special Value - James Halliday

Gold Medal - 2015 Victorian Wine Show

Located on the western slopes of Mt Camel Range, Tellurian is one of the rising stars of the Heathcote wine region, producing an impressive range of Shiraz. This 2014 Tellurian Pastiche Shiraz is another vibrant expression of Heathcote Shiraz, made in a medium-bodied style where the focus is on bright fruit flavours combined with subtle oak, that makes it ready to be enjoyed now.

A Gold medal winner at the 2015 Victorian Wine Show, this is a high quality Heathcote Shiraz that offers exceptional value drinking at this price. 

"95 Points. A powerhouse, but not overdone; excellent texture and structure ex high quality, ripe, but fine, tannins; considerable length. Gold medal Victorian Wine Show '15. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating: 95. To 2039. $27. Special Value" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2017. 

 

2016 Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier - $36.90

"Beautiful, delicious wine this" | 95 Points - Mike Bennie

Ravensworth is the personal project of Bryan Martin; a long time assistant winemaker at the famed Clonakilla and regarded as one of Australia's most talented winemakers in his own right. The reputation and demand for Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier seemingly surges with each release; not surprising given the remarkable quality of this Northern Rhone-inspired Canberra red.

The just released 2016 Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier is already attracting plenty of interest and our limited allocation is sure to again sell out quickly. 

"95 Points. Beautiful, delicious wine this. Silken texture, tightly wound but with a give of mouthwatering fruit flavour and incredible, harem-like perfume of pot pourri, fangipani, red fruits, incense and garam masala spice. That texture, whoa, Canberra District’s greatest ally when shiraz (with or without viognier) is on song - sleek, sheathed in finest lacy tannins, long and so fine. It’s joyous in fruit expression but shows savoury, spicy detail and finishes with a floral, pretty mouth perfume that lingers. So good. Tasted: MAY17 Alcohol: 13.5%. Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2017 - 2027"- Mike Bennie, The Wine Front. 

 

2015 Yering Station Village Pinot Noir - $18.90

"Add this one to the no-brainer list" - Campbell Mattinson

As Victoria's first vineyard, Yering Station has long been recognised for it's high quality cool-climate varietals, with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir leading the current day charge. This 2015 Yering Station Village Pinot Noir is another beautifully aromatic, classic Yarra Valley Pinot Noir showing plenty red and black cherry notes complimented by appealing earthy undertones and subtle savoury spice. At this limited time discounted price it offers exceptional value Pinot drinking. 

"Add this one to the no-brainer list. It’s pretty smart drinking. You’d be happy with this for just about any occasion. It’s all sweet-sour cherry and cranberry with enough spice and undergrowth-like flavour to make it feel like the real McCoy. It’s generally satiny - helped along by smoky oak - but there’s a shoot of dry tannin reaching back through the wine. There’s no need to decant or anything like that; it’s ready-to-rip immediately on opening. Rated: 92 Points Tasted: Dec.16 Alcohol: 13% Price: $24 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2016 - 2021"- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

 

2013 Fraser Gallop 'Parterre' Cabernet - $36.90

97 Points - James Halliday | RRP $45

Located in the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, Fraser Gallop continues to strengthen its reputation as one of the region's finest wineries. Unashamedly inspired by the great red wines of Bordeaux, Fraser Gallop's focus on it's Cabernet blends is delivering some impressive results, none more so than this brilliant 2013 Fraser Gallop 'Parterre'. 

"97 Points. Still bright crimson-purple; a totally delicious and stylish Bordeaux blend; the bouquet is fragrant, the medium to full-bodied palate swoops high and low with cassis, spice, bay leaf, cedary oak and beautifully detailed tannins - and only 13.5% alcohol. Drink by: 2038 Date tasted: 21/Mar/2016 Price: $45.00 Alcohol:13.5%" - James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au. 

96/100. A refined and highly classy cabernet which also has a little petit verdot, merlot, malbec and cabernet franc to complete the classic Bordeaux blend. Silky smooth palate with fine chalky tannins and super fine grained oak. The fruit is so well balanced and poised through the middle palate to the long finish. Excellent wine. Cellar: 10 years”- Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2017.