Tar & Roses Shiraz
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- The Tar and Roses label is quite a unique partnership between two passionate winemakers who had a vision to bring the best of Heathcote and other remote Victorian outposts. With over 30 years experience Don Lewis is the driving force behind this boutique label who makes wine alongside Narelle King, a partnership that has produced the kind of wines that are both imbued with masculinity and femininity. This is so typical of the region showing red berry and anise aromas with a palate that’s broad and savoury with hints of chocolate. Lovely balance and full of fine tannins on the finish. 90
As with previous vintages, the grapes come from two main vineyards, one off the deep red Cambrian soil, the other from tougher more gravelly ground. The first gives us rich, chocolatey and earthy flavours whilst the other has more highly fragrant notes with good acid and sweet fruit. The wine that results is our take on Heathcote shiraz.
The grapes for this wine came from a combination of vineyards. They were all kept separately during their fermentation and maturation lives. The machine harvested volume was crushed and destemmed into static fermenters and pumped over three times a day. After approximately ten days of fermentation, during which time the temperature and acid levels were monitored, they were individually pressed to tank using an air bag press. Finally the wine was racked off gross lees and put into barrel to finish malolactic fermentation and mature in a combination of new French and older barriques.
20% new French oak component.
Classic dark purple.
Buttery short crust pastry with blueberries, black liquorice, dark chocolate and roses on the noses.
Sweet cherries on the palate with hints of dark chocolate and liquorice. Soft silky tannin and well balanced with a long lingering finish.
Well marbled salt-crusted eye fillet with a rich red wine reduction jus. Slow roasted caramelised baby carrots and broccolini sauteed in butter.
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says:“
A fragrant bouquet of fresh blackberry, sage, violets and a lick of charry oak are on display; the medium to full-bodied palate is fleshy, and the zesty acidity reveals red fruit highlights alongside some fairly serious drying tannins; food in the form of protein is a necessity here.
Best Drinking: To 201992
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says:“
Medium red-purple; it is possible to have an elegant, medium-bodied, fragrant wine from Heathcote with mid-range alcohol; the wine has fresh red cherry and plum fruit on the bouquet and palate, some spicy nuances and fine tannins. Waiting for you to open it whenever the mood takes you.
Best Drinking: 201993
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says:“
It is one of the profound contradictions of the wine world that such refined, finely textured and beautifully crafted Heathcote shiraz can be snatched for as little as $19. At a refreshing 13.5%, its poised black plums and liquorice give voice to notes of pepper and game.Wine Taste Edition 29: Ausgust 29, 201193
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:“
Clear and bright colour, less dense than the '07; a very lively, spicy light- to medium-bodied shiraz, the red and black cherry fruit with a twist of licorice; fine tannins to close.Australian Wine Companion 2011 201093
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says:“
Yes, all the hype is well directed and this is a more than worthy successor to the much-exalted 2007. Liquorice, black plums, cherries and wood spice coalesce in a textural, supple palate that weaves dark fruits and controlled oak together seamlessly.94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says:“
The 2007 was a stellar wine and this 2008 gets better and better, the longer it rests in the bottle. Great value here. Tonnes of enjoyment to be had here. It tastes of blackberry and sandalwood and earth, and from the instant it hits your mouth to the moment you swallow, it's all about dark-fruit flavour. Yummo. The aftertaste is an amalgam of eucalypt, spice and toasty oak, though the oak is as sophisticated as it is underplayed. A generous wine with widespread appeal.The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 201092
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:“
Dense purple-red; a very complex wine, with 7% cabernet sauvignon from the Strathbogie Ranges; has the intense plum, blackberry and licorice of Heathcote, the cabernet adding to the structure and lengthAustralian Wine Companion 2010 200995
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says:“
This shocked us with just how good it was - and at what price. It's made by Don Lewis and his winemaking partner Narelle King. It's absolutely bloody marvellous. It tastes of blackberries, gunsmoke, minerals and eucalypt, and it carries an understated version of meaty complexity. What it really has is lovely flavour, purity and length - outstandingly so for a wine at this price. This is fresh and rich and plainly gorgeous.The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 200993
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:“
Bright and juicy blueberry fruits, with a hint of briar, and some attractive lifted florals; good flavour and weight.Australian Wine Companion 2009 200890