2007 Heathcote Shiraz
The fruit is from low yielding dry grown old vines planted in its rare Cambrian earth, it is this Cambrian earth that, like the terra rossa of the Coonawarra, confers the area’s unique ability to produce extraordinary Shiraz.
In 2002 the range expanded with Shiraz grown in the Colbinabbin area of Heathcote. The cambrian earth for which the area is famous has become the most prized of soil profiles, existing in a long double band starting south of Heathcote and extending some 35 km to the north of Colbinabbin.
It is these 500 million-year-old volcanic soils that are the source of such exceptional Shiraz. 2002 was a surprising year in that crops throughout the Heathcote region were well down to as little as 25 per cent in some vineyards, thus producing intense full-bodied styles.
The wine is fermented with its indigenous (natural) yeasts, barrel fermented and matured in new and one year old French oak barriques for 24 months.
James Halliday rating 93 points
Review - WineShowcase Magazine 92 points
Yield 350 cases 2007
Dense purple red, full bodied style thickly layere and textured blackberry, fruitcake and a generous helping of warm spices all coming together with ripe tannins.
Yeild & Cellaring
Hand picked - March 2007
Total production - 400 cases
Cellaring potential - drink now to 2020