Shiraz Cabernet Franc Heathcote Victoria
Outstanding Langtons Classification. Emily's Paddock was planted in 1975, initiating a resurgence of interest into the towering, ferrous styles of Heathcote Shiraz. The aim was never to make money but to create great wine, on a par with the august Shiraz classics of the old world. Emily is beautiful but eccentric, the usual plum spiceyness of Shiraz, a profound structure and stately elegance, finishing firmer and lengthier. Cabernet Franc adds complexity but ultimately its the vineyard terroir that distinguishes Emily from rival sibling Georgia.
Essentially an exclusive single small vineyard Shiraz, Emily is co fermented with a portion of well integrated Cabernet Franc, perhaps the only wine of it's kind in the world. Emily's Paddock is a mere three hectares of Shiraz, which grow alongside a parcel of Cabernet Franc, yielding about two tonnes per hectare, a scant and precious fourteen hectolitres. Organically grown grapes are picked by hand, completely de-stemmed and treated to an extended maceration for several weeks, with minimal intervention to express the paddock's uniqueness in the finished wine. Emily is then transferred into a selection of small French oak barriques, without any racking, fining or filtration for maturation.
Bright, deep garnet coloured. Mint and menthol, aromas of red berries and plums, a touch of pepper, tar and smoked meats. A magnificently balanced wine with amazing structure, a profoundly successful natural acidity. Pleasing savoury, earthy and mineral qualities, chalky tannins sneak up on you after swallowing.