Heathcote Limited Release Shiraz 2017
About The Wine
Heathcote in Victoria is renowned for producing some of the best Shiraz in Australia and this Heathcote Limited Release Shiraz is no exception. It is full bodied, rich with huge palette length. Blackberry and spice dominate and is well integrated with rich oak flavours. This is the perfect example of Heathcote Shiraz to match with a nice steak. The winery sells this Shiraz for $60.00 per bottle!
Comments from Wine Buyer Steve:
OMG!! We have a Heathcote Shiraz again! This is about as top shelf as you can get for a Heathcote Shiraz. It is rich, full and oozing rich forest berries and beautiful full oak integration. It’s an absolute beauty and we only got our hands on 64 dozen of it so be very quick as it will be gone. This 2017 Shiraz sells for $60.00 per bottle under the wineries brand. What a steal at $20.00 a bottle
My Score 98/100 WACC Trophy.
About The Producer and Region:
This magnificent Heathcote Limited Release Shiraz 2017 is produced by a very small family winery in the heart of the Heathcote wine region. The winery uses minimal intervention techniques to produce absolutely superb wines especially the signature Shiraz. The wine is operated by a husband and wife team that love wine and the Heathcote wine regions.
The Heathcote region is famous for its rich and earthy Shiraz and, as the wine industry continues to flourish, even more varieties are gathering success and international interest – Marsanne, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon, just to name a few.
The first vineyards were planted by the Rathjen family, in the Colbinabbin region, during the 1850s. Sadly, these vines and almost all others planted during this time were lost a few decades later to the phylloxera vine louse. One vineyard that did remain unaffected was Segafredo’s in Graytown (planted in 1891). Vines from this time have provided cuttings and grapes to both David Traeger and Paul Osicka making the Shiraz from these makers some of the oldest in the country. In the 1970s, a resurgence of winemaking meant many more vines were planted.
The climate and soil around Heathcote provide the perfect conditions for grape growing. The Heathcote region is at elevations between 160 metres and 380 metres and the majority of soil under vine is Cambrian – red and deep with excellent water retention. However, across the region you will find the terroir (the interaction between the soil, sunlight, rainfall and micro climates) changes vastly, so whilst all the wineries in the area will produce high quality fruit, the flavour of each will be very distinctive.
Many vineyards are family-owned and operated with some employing second or third generation winemakers.
Awards / Medal:
WAC Wine Buyer Steve Score 98/100 – WAC Trophy.