Winemaker Don Lewis adores the tannins, structure and electrifying expressions of Spanish wine. Fruit for Tar & Roses is harvested off elite Heathcote vineyards, much of which must be hand picked, all components are treated separately throughout ferments and ageing. The larger volume of Shiraz comes from richer Cambrian soils, while the smaller parcel is grown to much tougher gravelly, grantic soils. The first component makes a rounder, fuller fruit driven wine with intense chocolate and earth characters, the latter contributes elegance and restraint.
After thirty years of leadership at Mitchelton and many tours of auspicious winemaking in Spain's Priorat, Don Lewis made the decision to pursue the Tar & Roses label, a collaboration with protegee Narelle King. Tar & Roses is a mostly Heathcote Shiraz, with a smaller component of fruit harvested off superior vineyards further afield. Bunches are crushed and destemmed into vinimatic fermenters, pumped over thrice daily and closely monitored for tannins, acidity and extraction. After ten days vinification, batches are pressed and racked off gross lees into a selection of seasoned and new, French oak barriques for completion of malolactic and a year's maturation.
Deep crimson colour. Intense black cherry aromas coupled with lifted raspberry notes, a compote of summer berries. Supported by hints of vanilla, chocolate and earthy complexity. Sweet black cherry fruit flavour with chalky cocoa/ chocolatey tannin. This, plus good acid and length makes a well balanced palate. A match with char grilled lamb cutlets and sugo pomodore.