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2014 Heathcote Winery Mail Coach Shiraz

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    Cracka Rating

    RRP $36.99 per bottle

    Our Price $30.99

    Case Price

    $185.94 (6 x 750ml)

    cracka review

    It’s not a case of Heathcote Shiraz being the next big thing, it’s already the big thing and we need to share our love of this region that’s responsible for making such impressive Shiraz. The reason it’s so expressive is due to the ancient Cambrian soils that impart a unique flavour. This sees a splash of Viognier added to heighten the aromatics but the Shiraz is the main star. It’s a big hit of a wine with black fruits, cloves and gentle oak before a rich palate of cherries, spice and grippy tannins.

    expert reviews

    Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says
    Warm, hearty and complete. This is an excellent release. Cloves, smoky oak, oodles of blackberried fruit, perhaps a lick of ironstone. Coffeed flavour, most likely from oak, is part of the tapestry. Tannin ripples from the mid-palate onwards. Essence of Heathcote shiraz.
    Drink by 2028
    94
    Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
    Heathcote shiraz co-fermented with 2% viognier. Mail Coach Shiraz is on the way up. This is the best release in some time. It has the fruit, it has the oak, it has the integration, and it has just enough rumble to its tannin to lend it some gravity. You can drink this now or you can drink it later; it’s soft on the surface but sturdy beneath.
    2016 - 2026+
    93
    James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
    Seductive. The mix of fruit and smoky/coffee-ed oak is most appealing. Plum, dark cherry, clove and woody spice notes lead into grainy, peppery tannin. The vibrancy of its youth is fully intact. A very good release for this label.
    92
    Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
    Smooth and supple, this finely balanced, long and fine-grained shiraz has a minty scent of sweet red and blue flowers, raspberries, cassis and dark plums knit with fresh cedar/vanilla oak. Its vibrant, juicy palate of small minty dark berries, briar and carefully balanced oak is underpinned by a supple spine of dusty tannins. It finishes long, with polish, poise and a fresh acidity.
    2018-2022
    The Australian Wine Annual 2013
    92
    James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
    To 2020
    Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
    91
    James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
    2019
    Australian Wine Companion 2012
    91
    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
    Good hue; a brightly flavoured regional shiraz that has blackberry and black cherry fruit supported by fine tannins on a palate with considerable freshness achieved in the face of drought.
    Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
    93
    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
    The Heathcote Winery cellar door is in the centre of town - if you go to the region in search of wine, it's the most likely place you'll stop. Mattinson always stops off when he's in the area and reports that 'it's a good visit'. Generous flavour. Full of plum and eucalypt and toast, though its best asset is its smooth texture. This slides along very nicely. There's quite a serving of eucalypt-like flavor here so if that's not your thing, look away. But for everyone else, this is a satisfying drop.
    The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
    92
    Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
    A deep and piercingly flavoured young shiraz whose dense core of blackberry, blueberry and dark plum flavours is tightly wound around a firm but pliant spine of fine, grainy tannin. It's heady and aromatic, long and savoury and finely balanced; a genuinely regional wine.
    Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
    93
    James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
    A little reduction on opening; red and blue fruits framed by a touch of mint and spice; quite a minerally and chewy palate, with lots of tannin and berry fruit on offer; a dark and quite chewy finish.
    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    91
    James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
    Despite the lower alcohol, seems more exuberantly fruity than the Curagee, the splash of viognier producing vibrance and lift; subtle oak and ripe tannins sustain the long palate.
    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    94
    James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
    Potent, concentrated wine; predominantly black fruits and a touch of spice, the 'splash of viognier' noted on the back label doing as much for the colour as anything else.
    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    91
    Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
    Sumptuously fruited, smooth and evenly balanced, this robust but pliant shiraz reveals minty nuances of dark plums, cassis and chocolate/vanilla oak backed by suggestions of iodide. It's lifted by a violet-like perfume and finishes long and savoury, with a lingering presence of dense fruit and earthy, meaty undertones.
    Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
    92
    James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
    Similar lifted fruit to the Curagee, but with some raspberry and overall less intensity; nonetheless, attractive mouthfeel and flavour. Has a splash of viognier.
    Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
    91
    James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
    There has been little change over the 2 years since last tasted; blackberry fruits still powerful, the tannins still softening, but on an upwards trajectory.
    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    92
    James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
    A rich and concentrated array of dark fruits with a tweak of viognier; will reach its peak before the Curagee, but is an excellent wine. From nine vineyard blocks.
    Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
    91
    Jeremy Oliver (2000 Vintage) says
    93
    James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
    Medium to full red-purple; ripe black cherry, blackberry and mint fruit aromas on the bouquet come cascading through the palate, balanced by some savoury tannins on the finish, and well-controlled oak.
    Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
    91

    winemaker's notes

    Our winery is situated in the historic building where the pioneer, Tom Craven, established the region’s mail service in the 1850s. As the people of the central Victorian goldfields expected Tom’s Mail Coach to consistently deliver, we have crafted this wine to consistently deliver what makes Heathcote a world class producer of premium Shiraz: richness, power, spice, and elegance.

    Grown predominantly on the ancient red Cambrian soils, this wine is made from a blend of our two vineyards. All the fruit is basket pressed and then aged in a combination of French and American oak. Full of deep dark fruit, we add 2% Viognier to add an extra layer of finesse.

    Drink now or cellar from 5 to 12 years.

    Alc/vol: 14.5%