Shiraz Heathcote Victoria
Financial powerhouses Robert Kirby and Louis Bialkower collaborate with winemaking superstars Larry McKenna and Tod Dexter, to work on a selection of Heathcote's most spectacular parcels of Shiraz. The Messrs Kirby and Bialkower are fascinated by fine wine, especially the soft and medium bodied styles of French. What distinguishes Heathcote Estate Shiraz stylistically, are the techniques of vinification borrowed from the old world methods of Burgundy, open top ferments, whole bunch inclusion and hand plunging.
The artisanal approach employed by Heathcote Estate induced winemaking maestros Todd Dexter and Larry McKenna to join founders Robert and Mem Kirby. Together, they realize an uncompromising pursuit of assembling the finest growths of Australian wine. A dry and mild climate combines with ancient red soils to produce an effort of telling regionality. Five separate blocks of Shiraz are handled as fourteen individual parcels. Following a course of traditional open top fermentations, the finished wine is treated to malolactic and seventeen months ageing in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barriques. The most exceptional barrels are earmarked and only the best are included into the final wine.