Shiraz Heathcote Victoria
Under & Over is the way forward for Heathcote Shiraz, an impeccably balanced wine of individual character, complexity and charm. Under & Over are made according to a minimalist approach, the focus being on maximum expression of distinctive Heathcote Shiraz fruit character and heightened regionality. The winemaking team at Armchair Critic are well focused on appropriating the most intensely flavoured grapes to construct an excellent interpretation of early drinking Shiraz with outstanding depth of flavour and an impressively ripe, fruit filled finish.
Heathcote's ancient Cambrian soils combine with a warm, dry climate to create wines of profound brooding intensity and effortless power whilst retaining the structure and fine tannins to ensure good development. Sustainable viticulture leads to healthy harvests and moderate alcohol which is followed with minimal additions. Shiraz is sourced from established, low yielding sites primarily in the central north of Heathcote, most notably the splendid Colby Vineyard. Grapes are completely de-stemmed before a cool maceration and temperature controlled tank fermentation. Primarily vinified with very little wood treatment, a small component is transferred to seasoned oak barrels for a term of maturation.
Bright scarlet colour. Bouquet of red berries, plum and festive cake with hints of gamey spice and peppercorn aromas. The full, complex nose makes way to a fruit driven palate with a supple core of spiced red and black berries, strawberry and plum kept vital by soft acidity. An impressive depth of flavour and length for a forward drinking Shiraz, background oak and gracious tannins, generous and vibrant in it's youth.