Shiraz Heathcote Victoria
Outstanding Langtons Classification. A national icon wine of impressive structure, concentrated and powerful, with decidedly Australian complexity.
The aim is to make great wine, with the preservation of nature's flavours, complexities and balance by using minimal intervention in the vineyards and the cellar. To allow the individual vineyard's terroir and sense of place to express itself. Georgia's Shiraz Paddock is twelve hectares, each yielding about three tonnes of fruit, mainly planted in the seventies on own rootstock, to retain purity of style, rather than grafted to phylloxera resistant American non-vinifera material. The vines have a sunny open, balanced canopy that keeps fungal diseases at bay and eliminates the need for summer pruning, leaf plucking and crop reduction. All picking and pruning is carried out by hand with wonderful skill, from local friends.
Dark ruby colour. Intense, complex nose of licorice, berries and earthyness. A multi layered palate which unravels to expose clean and discernible fruit flavours, fresh spice and pastoral characters. Supported by vivid tannins and the finest oak, with a splendid, lingering finish.