shadowfax One Eye Heathcote Shiraz 2010

This is first rate Heathcote shiraz from shadowfax and the 2010 vintage. In the glass, the wine has an aroma of licorice, spice and plums. On the palate, its key features are its long length, medium tannins (more than usual for Heathcote) and full body. This wine has been delicious over all of its life,Continue reading “shadowfax One Eye Heathcote Shiraz 2010”

Wild Duck Creek Estate Springflat Shiraz 2018

Wild Duck Creek produces very ripe styles of Heathcote shiraz. Weighing in at 15.9abv, the 2018 vintage of the Springflat shiraz opens to aroma of ripe plums and spices. It is pure in expression and this is a wine that unequivocally celebrates fruit. The palate is full bodied with no edges and has low toContinue reading “Wild Duck Creek Estate Springflat Shiraz 2018”

Wild Duck Creek Estate Springflat Shiraz 2013

Speaking of styles that will have both friends and foes, this wine from Wild Duck Creek in Heathcote weighs in at 15.6%abv.  I was sceptical too.  But read on if you are open minded, because the wine holds the alcohol in balance and is, I think, a very good example of a regional style.  AContinue reading “Wild Duck Creek Estate Springflat Shiraz 2013”

Moortangi Estate Cambrian Shiraz 2008

I tasted this wine from hitherto unknown Moortangi Estate at the rather excellent new restaurant of Luxembourg in St Kilda.  Grown on the Cambrian soils of Heathcote, it’s a moreish release, with aromatics of plums and spice.  On the palate, the length is long and the impression balanced.  This is Heathcote shiraz at its best:Continue reading “Moortangi Estate Cambrian Shiraz 2008”

Wild Duck Creek Estate Springflat Shiraz 2003

At 11 years of age, this Heathcote shiraz from Wild Duck Creek Estate is in its drinking prime.  I come across 15% alcohol levels such as this wine less commonly these days, but a decade ago, desired styles or probably more accurately fashions were a little different.  The 2003 Springflat Shiraz has regional characters ofContinue reading “Wild Duck Creek Estate Springflat Shiraz 2003”

Syrahmi Mourvedre 2012

I instinctively started to type “shiraz” as I entered the label “Heathcote” for this wine.  Of course, this is a mourvedre.  The front and back labels play on the three names for the grape – mourvedre, mataro (South Australia) and monastrell (Spain), and settles on the former.  The wine itself is a medium intensity rubyContinue reading “Syrahmi Mourvedre 2012”