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Hanging Rock Heathcote Shiraz

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Hanging Rock Heathcote Shiraz

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James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Blackberry and black cherry flavours swirl in a rich and opulent, but not extractive, wine, which easily carries its 14 degrees alcohol. Another fine example of this icon wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Strong, deep purple-crimson; a voluptuously rich wine with plush blackberry fruit, American steam-bent oak (18 months, 100% new) and dusty tannins; the three components need to knit and will take some years to do so, but have the requisite balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep crimson-red; the bouquet is rich and deep, with blackberry, spice and dark chocolate intermingling, the hint of vanilla picked up on the palate courtesy of 18 months in new American oak; that oak doesn't overwhelm the fruit on the medium-bodied palate, which has good length and balance; the tannins are particularly fine.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Dense, inky colour; a profound wine with intense blackberry fruit framed by vanillan oak, and complexed further by touches of licorice and spice; most remarkable is the softness of the tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A delightful firm, concentrated, sour-edged and mineral shiraz whose depth and structure are beginning to reflect the increasing maturity of this vineyard. Dark-fruited, slightly amarone-like but certainly not overcooked, this sumptuous, palate-staining shiraz delivers a peppery, spicy and briary expression of liqueur-like blackberries, blackcurrants and dark plums offset by smoky, gamy oak. It's long, substantial and savoury, building towards a concentrated crescendo of brambly dark fruit.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Retains excellent hue, although not entirely clear; handles its alcohol with ease, awash with juicy black and red fruits through the vibrant thrust of the long palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Long, firm and complete, with a very slightly currant like but not overcooked expression of briary dark berry/plum flavours backed by mocha/dark chocolate oak, dusty spices and suggestions of minerals and iodide. Backed by a firm, chalky undercarriage of drying tannin, it's perhaps rather closed and introverted, but finishes with length and persistence. Give it time.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
92
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
The usual deep and bright colour; a multi-layered complex wine in both flavours and tannin texture; blackberry, spice and cracked pepper; magically controlled alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
95
Ken Gargett (2004 Vintage) says
John Ellis's iconic Heathcote Shiraz is grown on 20 acres from which he averages around 35 tonnes. The terrible 2007 conditions reduced that to a farcical 3 tonnes. So it oesn't take Stephen Hawking to work out that we won't be seeing much of that wine when—if—it's released. Meanwhile, this current release is one of John's best so if you've got the dough, jump on board. Fabulous fruit, and more elegant than many Heathcote reds.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
94
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
At the big, generous, rich and extracted end of the cool-climate shiraz spectrum.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Glorious colour; big, rich, condensed fruit and ample tannins; floods the mouth with flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
It will take time for this rather closed, but deeply layered and structured wine to reveal its best, but it certainly lacks the porty over-ripe nature of many contemporary Heathcote reds. Its spicy perfume of dark berries, plums and cedary, earthy undertones slowly reveals small red and black berry aromas with musky floral high notes of intensity and depth. Medium to full in weight, it's structured and integrated with slightly subdued minty dark fruit and a suggestion of menthol.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
93
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Dense and opaque; massively concentrated and focused; sweet, spicy blackberry fruit. Handles the oak and alcohol with ease.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
95
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
One of the gold medal winners at the 2002 Visy Board Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. Deeply coloured; abundant dark plum, black cherry and vanilla aromas swirl from the glass; the palate is rich in raspberry and plum fruit, the oak (very obvious at the start of the year) settling down impressively.
2005-2012
Australian Wine Companion 2004
95

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