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.  A […]

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: […]

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 of […]

Wild Duck Creek Estate Yellow Hammer Hill Shiraz Malbec 2012

Well, this is just a very good wine and at a fair price too.  From Wild Duck Creek Estate in Heathcote, the “Yellow Hammer Hill” is a blend of shiraz and malbec.  It has aromatics of violets, dark cherry and dark plum.  The palate has long length and is very balanced, with some fruit sweetness […]

Occam’s Razor Shiraz 2012

I am probably alone in this view, but given the wonderful terroir of Heathcote, and even Coonawarra for that matter, I think while these regions have strong reputations, they don’t have the grand reputations commensurate with what they are probably capable of.   That seems a pity. Occam’s Razor is the label of Emily Laughton of […]

Syrahmi Siren Heathcote Shiraz 2010

This is an interesting wine in a couple of respects; for a start, it’s very good.  But it is also more Crozes-Hermitage, than Heathcote.  Which is something of an oddity, since well known winemaker Adam Foster adopts a non-interventionist style, uses natural yeasts and does not appear to fine or filter, among other things.  He […]

Langtons Classification Tasting: September 2013

The Langtons auction house classification tasting has quickly become one of the “must attend” tastings on the Australian wine calendar.  The Langtons classification is a ranking of 123 of Australia’s best wines in the categories “exceptional”, “outstanding”, “excellent” and “distinguished”.  To make the grade, the wine must have at least 10 vintages, and a judgement is formed […]