Shiraz Heathcote Victoria
Brown Brothers retain a heritage of fine winemaking which is almost as old as Victorian viticulture itself. Colonial officials are recorded as praising the quality of Brown Brothers Shiraz as far back as 1889. They have since established, an inventory of the most distinguished vineyards. The Shiraz from their Heathcote property has been an essential component to many of Brown Brothers most memorable vintages. As a pure, single vineyard wine, it affords aspirants the opportunity to savour the pick of Heathcote's crop, the first choice alongside a flame seared, well marbled cut of beef.
Heathcote is one of the few places in Australia to have established an international reputation as a delineated appellation of single varietal wine. The Brothers Heathcote Vineyard was planted to rolling hills astride an auspicious ridge which forms the backbone of Mount Camel Ranges, on a strip of rich volcanic Cambrian Terra Rosa soils. Fruit is harvested from late February to late March at baumé levels ranging from 12.7º to 14.4º. Parcels are crushed into a cold soak and treated to a course of vinification, followed by completion of malolactic and a year's maturation in a selection of seasoned and new, American and French oak puncheons and barriques. Alcohol 14.5%
Deep brick red colour. Intensely lifted aromas of red and dark berry fruit fragrances, the classic pepper notes of Heathcote Shiraz, violet florals and ferrous earth. Medium bodied palate, layered with plum and bramble fruit flavours, preserved prune and a seasoning of oriental spice, framed by the suppleness of cherry tree oak and supported by a length of fine, muscular tannins.