Shiraz Heathcote Victoria
Greg and Natala Flynn established their operation on the narrow strip of ancient red cambrian Heathcote soils which produce world class Shiraz wines. MC stands for multiple clones, when planting their vineyard, the Flynns sowed a number of different clones with the aim of increasing complexity in the wines. Endowed with a vigorously perfumed bouquet and graceful palate, MC Shiraz is an elegant and controlled Heathcote Shiraz with clear regional personality, treated to an extended ageing in a selection of oak barriques from the world's finest cooperages.
The Flynn Heathcote property enjoys an easterly facing aspect to catch the first morning sun, ideal for ripening grapes and reducing any risk of frost. Whilst planting the vines, a number of different Shiraz clones were grafted onto various rootstocks, the aim being to increase the complexity of wine. Vinified to traditional handling techniques, the hand picked grapes are crushed, fermented in small batches and hand plunged over a course of seven to ten days. Juices are basket pressed by hand, transferred to tank for settling followed by a racking to barrel. Flynn is aged fourteen months in a combination of new and prior use American and French oak barriques.
Dark cherry red colour with scarlet robes. Ripe cherry and mint perfume, integrated oak and a hint of pepper. Full bodied yet elegant palate, structured and generous with plum/ violet fruit characters, kept vital and bright by crisp and aromatic cherry acids, supported by soft, well rounded tannins and licorice chococolate oak before a fine, long, flavourful finish. A match with stone grilled beef or steaming teppanyaki.