Shiraz Heathcote Victoria
Heathcote specialist Peter Dredge has worked alongside Hoddle Creek Estate's Franco d'Anna and McLaren Vale's eminent Ben Riggs at nearby Sanguine Estate. Planted in 1971 to ancient Cambrian soils, the unirrigated single parcel of mature vines at Red Edge yields a scant one to 1½ tons of fruit per acre. A multi layered, rich and powerful palate, yet elegant with fine grained tannins, splendid structure and superior length. Match your Red Edge to a juicy scotch fillet steak or trussed and smartly dressed game.
Red Edge vineyard was planted in 1971 and named Red Hill by founder Vern Viertmann. In 1980 it was acquired by Laurie Williams and John Flynn who produced the highly acclaimed 1981 and 1982 vintages of Flynn and Williams. Viniculture at the tiny, a few hundred cases, estate is true to the boutique vineyard operator's minimalist, traditional principles. Small batch open fermentations using wild indigenous yeast, inclusion of some whole bunches, and neither fining nor filtration at bottling, achieve a wine exhibiting real individuality and a true expression of Heathcote terroir. Maturation twelve months in a combination of new and used French oak barrels.
Deep, dark red in colour. Sweet rich upfront fruit expected of Heathcote Shiraz. Sweet powerful intense fruit, still quite tight with spicy acidity, and fine grained charry tannins. An unctuous palate, demanding another mouthful. Juicy sweet berry fruit leading to a flavourful firm tannin finish.