Shiraz Pyrenees Victoria
Positioned half way between Avoca and Ballarat, the boutique Amherst Winery has only ten acres under vine. The small yields translate into extraordinarily structured, powerfully intense wines, brimming with fine aromatics and lined with silky tannins. Local folklore has it that a shepherd discovered gold at Daisy Hill in 1848, the region flourished and suitably arable parcels were planted to vine in the 1850s. The enduring, full bodied Aussie Claret style, supple and soft after fifteen months maturation, fully approachable as a young wine.
The Daisy Hill district thrived in the 1850s due to its location on the main route to and from gold fields. The Amherst property sits atop old alluvial tailings, diggings can still be seen around the property in quartz rich soil. The highly sought wines pay tribute to the heritage surrounding the vineyard. Amherst distinguishes it's exceptional reds, naming them after regional folklore such as an escaped convict who was the first to cultivate local land, or the ancient Chinese market gardens, which dispensed fresh produce to the gold fields of yesteryear. Daisy Creek is vinified from parcels grown to splendid vineyards in the Pyrenees, fashioned to be a solid wine with substantial weight of fruit and firm tannins.
Deep dark red colour. Enticing and complex aromas of violets and morello cherries with a touch of earthyness, loam and pitch. An entry onto the palate of blackberries and plum, spiced chocolates and prune over a fine structure of pencil/ vanilla oak. Cabernet adds blackcurrant, mint and an elegant tannin structure, Shiraz brings rich plum and spice.