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2016 Heathcote Winery Cravens Place Shiraz

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This Shiraz from Heathcote Winery is a medium-bodied, totally smashable red made for early drinking. Plums, dark cherries and toasted vanilla decorate the nose, whilst the palate is soft and fruity, with a soft thread of tannins and a rich, plummy finish. Cook up some hamburgers and enjoy!

Winemaker's Notes

The fruit for Cravens Place is sourced from the rich red soils at the northern end of the Heathcote region. The wine is made in an immediately approachable and more modern style, focusing on plenty of upfront primary fruit flavours and a soft, smooth tannin profile. Aged for 12 months with fine grained American oak, this is fantastic Heathcote Shiraz that delivers well beyond its price.

Colour: Rich deep concentrated red.

Nose: Cherries, plum, spice and dark chocolate notes.

Palate: Dark cherries, currants, raspberries, and mocha.

Cellaring: Intended for drinking on release, or cellar up to 4 to 6 years.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2016 Heathcote Winery Cravens Place Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
A gorgeous, aromatic, spice-laden Heathcote shiraz which dances with cloves, cinnamon and anise. It's softly structured, with a palate built around juicy berry and plum fruits. Compelling quaffing.
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Spicy aromas with an elegant, fruity lift, and generous varietal palate showing a good tannic grip.
Winestate 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
This wine is named after Thomas Craven - one of those crafty individuals who prospered during the Victorian gold rush by selling to the miners, rather than by becoming a miner himself. There's an abundance of warm, plummy flavour here. It fills the mouth in the most satisfying way - until the very finish, when the alcohol leaps out at you a little too keenly. Until then it's delicious: not only plummy, but minty and spicy and terrifically fresh. There's a fair bit of pleasure to be had here.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A neatly balanced and constructed wine, with attractive, rounded black cherry and plum fruit, the extract and alcohol well controlled
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Powerful wine - meaty and earthy, with well-integrated, warm plum flavours. 3-5
Winestate 20082009
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Smells of fruits of the forest. Palate very restrained but delicious, with soft fruits and good tannins.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A substantial, medium- to full-bodied wine with a range of blackberry, mocha and dark chocolate; good tannin structure. Sensible/affordable price.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
I believe that Heathcote shiraz and Central Otago pinot have some things in common. Both are seamless, richly flavoured, supple, often dense wines. Joys to drink. And they're both from fast-emerging regions that have the wine geeks goggle-eyed. What they don't have in common is price. For this sort of money, you wouldn't be allowed to even look at a bottle of Central pinot. Choc, leather, berries and tobacco leaf.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Deep colour; dense blackberry, plum and licorice fruit; good control of tannins and oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; clean, smooth, sweet berry and plum fruit on the bouquet runs through into a palate flooded with berry and plum fruit, finishing with soft tannins. Good value.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002

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