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There are four tiny patches of vine at Scotchman's Hill, which have been mollycoddled by Robin Brockett, since the start of his tenure as chief winemaker in the 1980s. Excruciatingly limited after a strict pruning and rigorous sorting of fruit, they each yield a mere hundred cases of wine. Brockett has set aside the precious harvests of these superior blocks for his own label, a personal project to hand craft the finest of vintage, an exclusive range of the Bellarine's most elite single vineyard efforts. So besotted is Brockett by the spectacular quality of fruit from these four regal parcels, he has imported two 800 Litre Tuscan vinification Amphora from the Brunello commune of Montalcino. Whole bunches and wild ferments in the like of ancient clay urns, hand plunged in the old world way, appreciatively unfiltered for a tasteful measure of sauvage. Aficianados of small batch, limited release endeavours by Australian winemaking luminaries, are quietly advised to indulge their appetence and secure a case of Robin Brockett Pinot Noir, Syrah and/or Shiraz... Brockett begets the best of bellarine»

Heathcote Winery Cravens Place Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Heathcote Victoria
Not many country towns can boast a winery on the main street, but at Heathcote it's a part of the scenery. Heathcote is renowned throughout the world for producing much of Australia's finest Shiraz. Enter the Cravens Place, an elegant effort, stylish and quintessentially Heathcote. Sourced principally from sites at the warmer, northern periphery of Heathcote township, Craven's Place is fashioned to be a supple, bright and approachable wine. Ageing in choice oak barriques contributes to the complexity and allows the quality of Shiraz to realize its full potential.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
Heathcote Winery is meeting the demand for wines that are truly reflective of the region, but with the individual stamp of innovation and excellence. Low night time temperatures contribute to vine balance and excellent berry development. Picking is all done by hand, fruit is delivered to the winery where juices are extracted from the grapes by pumpover in closed tanks and hand plunging in open bins to extract optimum colour and tannin. The finished wine is matured sixteen months in a selection of French and American oak barriques.
Brilliant ruby red with purple hues. Lifted blueberry and forest fruits dominate the nose, over a backdrop of spicy vanillin and plums. Bright fruits fill the palate, framed by chewy, fine grained American and French oak and supported by crisp natural acidity. A lively, medium bodied Shiraz, fleshy and dense in flavour, Craven's Place finishes long with persistent primary fruit characters over supple tannins.
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