2016 HEATHCOTE THE ORIGIN SINGLE VINEYARD SHIRAZ
RRP $55 / 2044
36yo vines, whole berries open-fermented, 7 days on skins, matured for 14 months in French oak (30% new). It is difficult to avoid over-extraction with drought/heat leading to very small berries, one key decision here to use French oak. The colour is deep, the flavours very intense, but don’t show dead fruit characters. A fullbodied red that will be at its best post ’30. 14.5% alc. This wine captures the concentration and elegance of Heathcote shiraz from the incredibly low-yielding 2016 vintage. Sourced entirely from our Newlans Lane vineyard, the fruit was of exceptional quality and the judicious use of fine French oak adds another layer of refinement.