Heathcote is an amazing place to grow grapes, long warm days and cool, clear nights provide a perfect climate for wines of powerful structure and fragrant perfumed fruit characters. Buckshot strive to create distinctive Heathcote wines which reflect the soil in which they come from. The wines of Buckshot show intense varietal aromas and flavours, balanced weight and mouthfeel, and a long silky finish. There are two wines released each year, Shiraz from a distinct 5 acre patch and a Zinfandel from a tiny single acre plot. Both are planted to the famous 500 million year old Cambrian quartz and ironstone soils which have made Heathcote famous throughout the world of wine.
After a fifteen year tour of duty at Domaine Chandon, Buckshot was established in 1999, following a further experience of six vintages experience at Rutherglen, some spent under the tutelage ofh the legendary Mick Morris. Buckshot is a colonial expression describing ironstone pebbles which riddle the soil. These pebbles allow root penetration and water retention while promoting good drainage. Buckshot soils, along with Heathcote's low rainfall, warm days and cool nights provide the perfect environment to grow these varieties. As a result, the mature vines naturally produce small crops of 2 to 2.5 tons to the acre.