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1 - 12 of 57 Heathcote Wines
Armchair Critic Under Over Heathcote Shiraz 2013
Heathcote
Available by the dozen
Under & Over is the way forward for Heathcote Shiraz, an impeccably balanced wine of individual character, complexity and charm. Under & Over are made according to a minimalist approach, the focus being on maximum expression of distinctive Heathcote Shiraz fruit character and heightened regionality. The winemaking team at Armchair Critic are well focused on appropriating the most intensely flavoured grapes to construct an excellent interpretation of early drinking Shiraz with outstanding depth of flavour and an impressively ripe, fruit filled finish.
$1399each
$167DOZEN
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Heathcote's ancient Cambrian soils combine with a warm, dry climate to create wines of profound brooding intensity and effortless power whilst retaining the structure and fine tannins to ensure good development. Sustainable viticulture leads to healthy harvests and moderate alcohol which is followed with minimal additions. Shiraz is sourced from established, low yielding sites primarily in the central north of Heathcote, most notably the splendid Colby Vineyard. Grapes are completely de-stemmed before a cool maceration and temperature controlled tank fermentation. Primarily vinified with very little wood treatment, a small component is transferred to seasoned oak barrels for a term of maturation.
 
Bright scarlet colour. Bouquet of red berries, plum and festive cake with hints of gamey spice and peppercorn aromas. The full, complex nose makes way to a fruit driven palate with a supple core of spiced red and black berries, strawberry and plum kept vital by soft acidity. An impressive depth of flavour and length for a forward drinking Shiraz, background oak and gracious tannins, generous and vibrant in it's youth.
Currently out of stock
Bindi Pyrette Heathcote Shiraz 2010
Heathcote
Pyrette is sourced from an impeccably positioned and managed vineyard near Colbinabbin on the Mount Camel Range. This special and unique individual parcel of vines which provides fruit is planted to the highest block over deep red, rocky Cambrian soils on a cooler easterly facing slope. The picking date is carefully assessed to capture a singular vibrancy and freshness in the fruit while retaining the mouthfilling richness and palate length so distinctive of Heathcote Shiraz. Production is limited to a precious 350 or 450 dozen each vintage.
$3999each
$479DOZEN
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The winemaking incorporates a high percentage of natural indigenous yeasts, gently worked ferments, delicate pressing, long lees ageing in the finest oak and a minimal racking. The wines are unfined and restricted filtration regimes are followed. The yields, harvest date and vinification techniques are deliberately aimed at producing a wine of regional authenticity in a style highlighting fragrance and vitality, harmony and finesse. Pyrette is vinified in traditional 1000 litres open vats, the grapes are inoculated and fermented by ambient yeasts, the wine is rested on sedimentery lees for ten months and matured for a total of eleven in a selection of new and seasoned French oak barrels.
 
Deep garnet colour. Aromas of ripe red cherry, raspberry and savoury, earthy and spice elements are immediately evident before the subtle layers of flavour lurking underneath begin to unravel. Graphite and licorice, the cool sweetness of ripe fruit. The palate is fresh, seamless and long. Exceptional balance, purity and restraint from spicy, savoury aromas elevates this complex wine from the fruity/ oaky style to a very serious wine of intensity, structure and complexity.
Bress Heathcote Gold Label Shiraz 2015
Heathcote
Available in cases of 6
Following a visit to France where he studied the ancient pastoral practices of breeding the world's best chickens, Adam Marks gained the inspiration to create great Australian wines in the very same manner, adopting an artisanal approach to production, employing traditional, age old methods. Gold Label is the flagship Shiraz by one of Victoria's most adroit, small batch producers. An opulent effort vinified from parcels of the most intense fruit, bottled without fining or filtration, which may deposit a harmless sediment, so decanting is a must.
$3999each
$479DOZEN
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The philosophy at Bress is that good fruit should be treated gently, to let the wine make itself, with minimal intervention. Shiraz was selected from two vineyards at either ends of Heathcote appellation. The grower uses traditional viticultural techniques of organics and crop thinning to produce crops of less than 1½ tonnes to the acre. A combination of whole bunches and gently crushed fruit are introduced to open fermenters. A slow vinification is initiated by indigenous yeasts, treated to hand plunging thrice daily. Post pressing the wine was transferred to French oak hogsheads for full malolactic, followed by a gravity forced barrel to barrel racking and maturation for a year.
 
An intense and vibrant crimson colour, deep, dark, inky. A complex array of black fruit aromas, spice, cloves and plum, oaken characters of char and vanillian spice. The palate is tightly packed full of black fruit, spice, cloves, and plum. The oak characters are beautifully integrated into the wine, providing structure and adding power, balance and a savoury richness. Bress should be decanted prior to serving, enjoyable now and will reward cellaring.
Bress Silver Chook Heathcote Bendigo Shiraz 2016
Heathcote Bendigo
Available by the dozen
Parcels of Shiraz for this stunning wine are selected from a unique site at the heart of Heathcote appellation. Premium parcels are collated from Marong and from the estate vineyard at Harcourt. Winemaker Adam P. Marks firm belief is that good fruit should be treated gently and with minimal intervention. All blocks are trellised to vertical shoot positioning system, the growers employ a regimen of traditional viticultural techniques, organics and crop thinning to produce small but precious yields of less than 2½ tonnes per acre.
$2199each
$263DOZEN
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Bress subscribe to the belief that a single terroir cannot be all things to all styles of wine. Bress are blessed with access to harvests from several sites throughout Victoria which can be vinified and assembled into statuesque wines of strong varietal definition and clearly distinguishable Victorian regionality. Shiraz is treated to a combination of whole bunch and gentle crushing into open fermenters. A slow vinification is initiated through indigenous yeast strains, the ferments are treated to hand plunging thrice daily. After pressing, the wine is transferred to French oak hogsheads for completion of malolactic, following which Bress is racked and left to mature under oak for a year.
 
Intense, inky crimson. Complex array of fruit on the bouquet, black berries and spice, cloves and plum. Oak aromas of vanillian spice and char. Tightly packed palate full of black fruit flavours, the splendid oak is beautifully integrated, providing structure while adding power, balance and savoury richness. Exceptional length and exemplary balance, Bress is bottled without filtration and may deposit a harmless sediment.
Brown Brothers 18 Eighty Nine Shiraz 2014
Heathcote
Available by the dozen
Brown Brothers retain a heritage of fine winemaking which is almost as old as Victorian viticulture itself. Colonial officials are recorded as praising the quality of Brown Brothers Shiraz as far back as 1889. They have since established, an inventory of the most distinguished vineyards. The Shiraz from their Heathcote property has been an essential component to many of Brown Brothers most memorable vintages. As a pure, single vineyard wine, it affords aspirants the opportunity to savour the pick of Heathcote's crop, the first choice alongside a flame seared, well marbled cut of beef.
$1499each
$179DOZEN
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Heathcote is one of the few places in Australia to have established an international reputation as a delineated appellation of single varietal wine. The Brothers Heathcote Vineyard was planted to rolling hills astride an auspicious ridge which forms the backbone of Mount Camel Ranges, on a strip of rich volcanic Cambrian Terra Rosa soils. Fruit is harvested from late February to late March at baumé levels ranging from 12.7º to 14.4º. Parcels are crushed into a cold soak and treated to a course of vinification, followed by completion of malolactic and a year's maturation in a selection of seasoned and new, American and French oak puncheons and barriques. Alcohol 14.5%
 
Deep brick red colour. Intensely lifted aromas of red and dark berry fruit fragrances, the classic pepper notes of Heathcote Shiraz, violet florals and ferrous earth. Medium bodied palate, layered with plum and bramble fruit flavours, preserved prune and a seasoning of oriental spice, framed by the suppleness of cherry tree oak and supported by a length of fine, muscular tannins.
Brown Brothers Dolcetto Syrah 2016
Milawa Heathcote
Available by the dozen
Dolcetto is a unique Italian grape which hails from the mountain sides of Piedmont. Grown to high country Victorian vineyards by the Brown Brothers, it's establishing a following beyond all expectations. Blended with Syrah and served slightly chilled, it makes a sensational, slightly spritzy aperitif and all occasion refresher. A versatile partner to a wide range of foods including paella or cajun fish, this lively wine offers a generous palate with ripe summer berry characters, a savvy touch of residual sweetness and delightful frizzante finish.
$1499each
$179DOZEN
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Dolcetto translates into little sweet one, although the Italians generally make dry red wines from the variety. Brown Brothers, attracted to its vibrant red colour and attractive flavours of ripe summer berries, has opted to blend the precocious Dolcetto with a component of Syrah to produce a youthful, distinctively fruit driven wine. Parcels of Dolcetto and Shiraz grapes are harvested from highly specialized vineyards at ripe levels of baume sugar levels. Parcels are treated to a brisk, temperature controlled vinification, arrested just before palate dryness to retain a little natural sweetness and petulant carbon dioxide, to be bottled immediately upon completion. Alcohol 10.5%
 
Bright magenta colour. Prominent cherry and berry aromas, lifted bouquets of red jubes, blackcurrant, red berries and hints of spice. A silky, juicy palate full of fresh summer berries and depth of flavour, Shiraz contributes length and ensures that the wine is not cloying. Natural grape sweetness is balanced by frizzante mouthfeel and refreshing, lively finish. A match to sweet desserts and savoury cuisine, nibbles, fresh fruit and cheese.
Currently out of stock
Brown Brothers Patricia Shiraz 2006
Heathcote, Pyrenees & King Valley
Patricia is a muscular and complex Shiraz, named for the estate's matriarch, displaying sagacious handling of fruit from some of Victoria's most exclusive vineyards. Exuding aromas of blackberry, virile spice and fresh ground pepper, as well as vanillin oak characters, Patricia finishes with great length, elegance and finely grained tannins. Immensely suited to peppered beef and ripe, tangy cheese.
$4999each
$599DOZEN
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The Patricia Shiraz grapes were sourced from the estate's central Victorian Heathcote Vineyard, Glenkara Vineyard in the Pyrenees, the Banksdale site and the award winning Dinning's Vineyard in the King Valley. The fruit was harvested in parcels determined by physiological ripeness, from mid to late March at Baumes between 13.1 and 14.5. A component of the wine was barrel fermented for better oak integration, delivering the recognizeable hallmarks of Patricia, great intensity and fine elegance. Following barrel fermentation, the parcels were treated eighteen months under mostly new oak barriques and puncheons (mainly American with some French) before bottling with an alcohol of 14.5%
 
Patricia Shiraz shows intense, dense, round, supple and ripe fruit balanced with integrated oak flavours. Spicey, charry oak moves onto the palate, brilliantly offset by sweet plum and blackberry fruit, good mouthfeel and texture. Patricia is a complex and concentrated, mint and peppery Shiraz. American oak was chosen as it complements the berry and spice flavours of these Shiraz grapes.
Buckshot Vineyard Heathcote Shiraz 2014
Heathcote
Available by the dozen
Buckshot is a reference to the splendid ironstone pebble soils which pervade some of the more propitious Heathcote sites, instrumental in allowing a singular combination of water retention and drainage, while promoting superior root penetration. Small batch winemaker Rob Peebles sources a very special parcel of Shiraz from a unique five acre block, off vines forty years of age, within the eminent Davies Vineyard, an auspicious site which also supplies fruit to the venerable Two Hands and Bindi labels, as well as Domaine Chandon.
$2999each
$359DOZEN
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Retaining exclusive access to a choice parcel of the finest Heathcote Shiraz, Buckshot craft distinctive wines which reflect the bounty of soils whence they originate. A limited production of a only a few hundred cases, fruit is harvested off some of the oldest vines in Heathcote and vinfied in traditional two tonnes open fermenters which are parked within an annex of the sprawling wineworks at Domaine Chandon. It's the uniqueness of terroir and microclime which makes the quality of Buckshot so conspicuous, low rainfalls, warm days and cool nights combine to stimulate the sagely old vines, planted to vivid red soils over an east facing slope just to the southwest of Colbinabbin on Mt Camel Range. Alcohol 14.0%
 
Deep garnet hues, dark core. Fully aromatic, pure and intense varietal fruit bouquet, plums, spices and soy, licorice and ferrous characters. Medium bodied palate with bramble and chocolate/ plum flavours kept vital by refined acids and creamy oak textures. Exhibits the classic Heathcote minerality, impenetrable dark fruit and sound tannin structure, culminating in a lingering, long silky finish.
Currently out of stock
Cambrian Ridge Shiraz 2006
Heathcote
Cambrian Ridge takes its name from the precious terroirs which sprout some of the world's best Shiraz. A low yielding vineyard which produces harvests of the most intensely flavoured grapes, normally picked early in the vintage, to be vinified and aged until bottling the following January. Heathcote Shiraz enthusiasts take note, this is one to embrace and to bond with.
$999each
$119DOZEN
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The soils on the steep ridge that runs through central Victoria date back to seismic events between 488 and 542 million years ago which have blessed the Heathcote area a bountiful legacy of rich ferrous soils, idyllic for the production of world class Shiraz. The region produces exquisite, complex flavoured wines that can be enjoyed young yet possess the qualities for extended ageing and development. Alcohol 14.5%
 
Dark crimson in colour. Superb deep blackcurrant aromas, notes of white pepper, liquorice and plums. The palate is rich and flavoursome, the spicy red berry fruit framed by firm ripe tannins. Fully approachable even at it's youth with post modern dishes such as a Black Angus and chermoula burger.
Currently out of stock
Domaine Chandon Heathcote Shiraz 2013
Heathcote
Shiraz from the Chandon Colbinabbin Vineyard at Heathcote, an auspicious confluence of terroir and clime unlike any other in the world. Deep ferrous soils punish the vines into digging deep for their moisture, infusing grapes with the most ardent, stately tannins. The peaks of Mount Carmel Range further serve to conduct chilling southerlies along fortuitous longitudes, very like the Mistral winds of Vallée du Rhône. Easterly aspects moderate afternoon heat, so essential for an idyllic ripening of Shiraz grapes with extraordinary concentration of flavour.
$2999each
$359DOZEN
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Bunches of estate grown grapes are destemmed and crushed, chilled and treated to three days of cold soak. Regular pumpovers are applied to ferments throughout the course of vinification, gently extracting colour, flavour and tannin while building body in the wine. A portion is transferred to oak and fermented to dryness, another is set aside and settled for several days of rest, a third remains on skins for an extended maceration. After pressing, all parcels are run to a mix of seasoned and new French oak barriques for completion of malolactic and maturation. After fourteen months, the best barrels are assembled into the finished wine and sent for a further six months of age before bottling.
 
Deep red colour, bright purple hues. Radiant perfumes of berry compote, blueberries and blood plum fruits, liquorice and liqueurs, seasoned by Asian five spice, cacao and carob. Juicy berry fruit flavours flood the palate, piquant spiced plums, cured meats and savoury complexity. Fine, silky tannins throughout, a memorable, everlasting finish. A match to game roasts and corned beef.
Dominique Portet Heathcote Shiraz 2014
Heathcote
Available in cases of 6
Heathcote produces the most distinctive Shiraz wines, lined by noble tannins and carrying a serious weight of fruit. The rich terra rosa soils and favourably sunny climes make the region so exciting for protagonists of world class Shiraz, that it beckoned Dominique Portet to impart continental flair and skill into parcels of the choicest local fruit. A solidly structured wine, instantly recognizable as Heathcote, endowed with showroom tannins and an intensity of bramble flavours, luxuriously refined oak and minarets of peppery, aromatic spice.
$4499each
$539DOZEN
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Dominique Portet is the ninth generation of his family committed to winemaking, yet he is the first to establish a winery and label bearing the family name. His training began early, at one of the world's most illustrious estates. Portet's father was regisseur (vineyard and winery manager) of the great Chateau Lafite Rothschild. Shiraz is harvested as the fruit reaches the desired levels of physiological ripeness. Following selection and sorting, grapes are inoculated and macerated in fermenters, followed by transfer to a selection of the most luxurious Allier, Nevers and Tronçais French oak barrels for an extended maturation and term of bottle age underneath the Dominique Portet cellars.
 
Deep garnet colour. Nose of bright, ripe red and black fruit, liquorice and freshly milled spice over red and black cherry notes. Delightfully approachable in its youth, the distinctive plum and spicy pepper flavours are supported by smooth but firm tannins. New French oak enhances the complexity of flavour, Portet is a master in the fine art of handling oak without destroying the fruit. A match to duck, steak and the finest cheese.
Flynns MC Heathcote Shiraz 2010
Heathcote
Available by the dozen
Greg and Natala Flynn established their operation on the narrow strip of ancient red cambrian Heathcote soils which produce world class Shiraz wines. MC stands for multiple clones, when planting their vineyard, the Flynns sowed a number of different clones with the aim of increasing complexity in the wines. Endowed with a vigorously perfumed bouquet and graceful palate, MC Shiraz is an elegant and controlled Heathcote Shiraz with clear regional personality, treated to an extended ageing in a selection of oak barriques from the world's finest cooperages.
$3499each
$419DOZEN
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The Flynn Heathcote property enjoys an easterly facing aspect to catch the first morning sun, ideal for ripening grapes and reducing any risk of frost. Whilst planting the vines, a number of different Shiraz clones were grafted onto various rootstocks, the aim being to increase the complexity of wine. Vinified to traditional handling techniques, the hand picked grapes are crushed, fermented in small batches and hand plunged over a course of seven to ten days. Juices are basket pressed by hand, transferred to tank for settling followed by a racking to barrel. Flynn is aged fourteen months in a combination of new and prior use American and French oak barriques.
 
Dark cherry red colour with scarlet robes. Ripe cherry and mint perfume, integrated oak and a hint of pepper. Full bodied yet elegant palate, structured and generous with plum/ violet fruit characters, kept vital and bright by crisp and aromatic cherry acids, supported by soft, well rounded tannins and licorice chococolate oak before a fine, long, flavourful finish. A match with stone grilled beef or steaming teppanyaki.
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