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Handpicked Collection Heathcote Shiraz

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Sourced from a single vineyard within Heathcote, this Shiraz packs a serious punch. Powerful and complex with hints of lighter characters from the whole bunch fermentation. This wine is one for the ages and deserves pride of place on your wine rack. Pair this one with some hard cheeses, a fire place and winters night for maximum enjoyment.

Winemaker's Notes

A NOTE FROM THE WINEMAKER:
“This wine is from a single vineyard on the celebrated ancient soils of Mount Camel and is a great example of what Heathcote does best.” Gary Baldwin, 2015

THE REGION:
Heathcote’s greenstone soils dating from the Cambrian period and age-old granite soils are renowned for producing superior Shiraz wines. These ancient, hungry soils produce naturally low yields of powerfully-flavoured fruit. The wine region is dominated by the Mount Camel Range and elevation ranges from 160 to 380m. The temperate climate is moderated by cooling winds from the south.

THE WINE:
With its layers of fruit and earthy complexity, this wine is a fine example of Heathcote Shiraz. It has lifted spicy berry aromas with hints of chocolate and mint. The palate has a mix of berry fruits and savoury spices with smoothly integrated tannin and just enough acidity. This wine cries out for the quintessential Aussie roast lamb dinner.

TECHNICAL INFO:
The 2013 vintage was relatively trouble-free and produced excellent wines. Well-timed rainfall provided relief from warm dry conditions and disease pressure was generally low. This wine is from a single vineyard on Cambrian greenstone soils; the vines were 10 years old. Set on the eastern slopes of Mount Camel and protected from prevailing westerly winds, this vineyard has three Shiraz clones that were fermented separately. A small portion was fermented with whole bunches to add aromatic lift. The wine was aged in a mix of old and new oak barriques, predominantly French, for 15 months.

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Handpicked Collection Heathcote Shiraz

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
The vineyard has three clones, separately fermented, a small portion with whole bunches, matured for 15 months in new and used barriques, mainly French. Deep crimson-purple, its power and complexity stand side by side, black fruits, star anise and licorice with a sunbeam of red fruit on the palate, the tannins persistent but fine.
Australian Wine Companion
96

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