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Bress Gold Chook Heathcote Shiraz

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This shiraz from Bress is amazingly elegant, and only 13.5% alcohol! Aromas of the spice rack and purple florals - think violets and lavender - adorn the nose, together with whiffs of herbals. It smells oh so pretty, you will just want to bathe in it, but drink a glass first, as the palate is medium-bodied, black-fruited and spicy, with slinky tannins and a dry, savoury-edged finish. It will kick on for a few years yet.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: An intense and vibrant pungent crimson, almost ink blue.

Nose: The wine offers a complex array of fruit aromas of black fruit, spice, cloves and plum. The oak aromas are of char and vanillian spice.

Palate: The wine is tightly packed full of black fruit, spice, cloves, and plum. The oak characters are beautifully integrated into the wine, giving the wine structure and adding power, balance and a savoury richness.

This wine should be decanted prior to serving. Whilst enjoyable now, this wine will reward careful cellaring for 10 years.

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Bress Gold Chook Heathcote Shiraz

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Purple-crimson hue, not especially deep; the bouquet is fall of fragrant spice, licorice and dark berry fruit plus harmonious oak; the long palate is sustained by persistent powdery tannins underpinning the complex black fruit flavours.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
With a cool lead-up to vintage, Adam Marks’ Heathcote shiraz gained flavour ripeness before stalk ripeness, so for the first time in ten years there are no stalks in the ferment. It seems the wine has its own memory, and carries a complex stalky note anyway. There’s quite a spectacle on show here: anise, sarsaparilla, dark berry fruits, rose hip, chocolate, pipesmoke and charcuterie. It’s beautifully textured and finely structured at every moment, lingering long and complex.
Wine Taste Edition 102
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
This is my kind of shiraz recipe: 13.5% alcohol, slow, wild, whole bunch ferment, matured in French oak. An entire spice shop collides with a florist, a confluence of French soap and exotic spice of all kinds. Restrained, textured, masterfully crafted.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Good hue, although faintly burred, reflecting minimal fining and filtration; a very good shiraz that presents the full face of Heathcote without excessive alcohol or extraction; blackberry, plum and spice are supported by perfectly weighted ripe tannins and positive French oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
An utterly enthralling wine, as reminiscent of the Northern Rhone as it is south-western Heathcote. Violet perfume and finely ground white pepper and savoury vegetable complexity unite to form a beautifully textured palate with seamless length and line. A producer to watch.

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