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2012 Handpicked Regional Selection Heathcote Shiraz

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Here at Cracka we love Shiraz. Heathcote has been producing some of the best Shiraz in the country for over a century and this is another fine example. Full of spicy fruits, medium bodies and with plenty of well integrated oak and silky tannins, its easy to see why we fell in love.

Winemaker's Notes

Heathcote is renowned for its ancient pre-Cambrian greenstone soils centred on the Mount Camel range, but the region’s age-old granite soils are equally well-suited to Shiraz vines. These old, hungry soils produce naturally low yields of full-flavoured fruit. Vineyards on the eastern side of Mount Camel range enjoy protection from the hot westerly sun and the region is moderated by cooling southerly winds.

Fruit from two vineyards with vines aged between 10 and 20 years was used to make this wine – one on the eastern slopes of Mount Camel on Heathcote’s famed pre-Cambrian soil and one on granite soils. Harvest was in early and mid-March. The wine was matured in French oak for 18 months.

This wine has aromas of ripe forest fruits, hints of mint and subtle vanilla oak. The palate is medium weight with flavours of berry fruit and a hint of oyster shell adding complexity. The finish is clean and crunchy with some gritty tannin. Old fashioned roast pork with crackling would be a cracking match.

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