A perfect balance of fruit, savoury notes, fine long tannins and acid. It does not have excessive ripeness, extraction or oak.
- VIC - Heathcote
A particularly savoury and complex Shiraz with meaty and gamey notes, loads of spice and secondary berry fruits. Soft, fine tannins complete an approachable style.Rating 92 - Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Magazine (AUG/2011)
Bright and focused bouquet of blue and red fruits, gently spicy and showing a mere suggestion of bay leaf; the palate is medium-bodied, focused, bright and incredibly fresh on the finish, with attractive gravelly tannin providing an appropriate framework for the polished fruit. Rating 94 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (Jan/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2008 Shelmerdine Heathcote Shiraz is a vibrant red with purple tinges, an indication of the impressive concentration of aromas and flavours to come.
The nose is redolent with dark berries, red fruits, cherries and spice.
The palate is a perfect balance of fruit, savoury notes, fine long tannins and acid. It does not have excessive ripeness, extraction or oak.
After hand-picking, the separate fruit parcels were given a short pre-fermentation cold soak before being crushed and open fermented at warm temperatures. The wine was hand-plunged twice daily during its six-day ferment to extract the desired levels of colour and flavour. After ferment the individual wines were pressed off into new and second year French oak barrels, for 13 months before blending and bottling under screwcap in April 2008.