Baptista `The Graytown` Shiraz 1997 (6 x 750mL), Heathcote, VIC.

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ A wine of fully ripened fruit yet with restrained flavours and a powerful structure of tannin and oak that still has elegance and finesse.

Overview

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ A wine of fully ripened fruit yet with restrained flavours and a powerful structure of tannin and oak that still has elegance and finesse.

Region:
VIC - Heathcote
State:
Victoria
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

Medium red-purple, showing some development; complex, savoury, bottle-developed fruit aromas range through earth, spice and leather; the multi-flavoured palate has excellent length and fine tannins; the fruit flavour is savoury yet satisfying. This is a seriously good wine, but the price is daunting, even if it does come from vines which are more than 110 years old.Rated 94 by James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion. (Mar/2003)

Winery Tasting Notes

Aroma/Palate

A wine of fully ripened fruit yet with restrained flavours and a powerful structure of tannin and oak that still has elegance and finesse.

Cellaring Potential & Serving Suggestions

Cellaring is recommended as is decanting prior to enjoying the legacy of one of the true characters of this entrepreneurial era of our history.

Winemaking Notes

The Baptista Shiraz reflects the intensity expected from these low yielding vines. It is matured for 15 months in new French Nevers and American oak, followed by a further 3 years bottle age before release.

Baptista Governa arrived in Nagambie in the 1870´s from northern Italy and began plying his trade as a cobbler, later to become the owner of a “wine saloon”; as well as a significant businessman in the timber industry in the region stretching to Heathcote. With an interest in the “fruit of the vine” he purchased a property adjacent to Major’s Creek at Graytown and in 1891 received a bounty from the government of the day to plant vines. As well as the vineyard he built a two level winery, which also has been in use for over a century.

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