Hanging Rock Winery
2015 HANGING ROCK HEATHCOTE SHIRAZ
RRP $75 / 2040
Hand-picked and sorted, open-fermented (wild), all into French oak (30% new) for 18 months. A warm, concentrated red with blackberry, sandalwood, bitumen and roasted plum characters laid on the line, creamy vanillin oak spread like a soft rug over the riot of flavour. Oak is at a high pitch, as is alcohol warmth, but there’s no denying the impact of this wine. We’re talking brutish intensity here. CM 15.3% alc. We crop our Heathcote shiraz at really low levels every year, which makes it a powerhouse of a wine. I didn’t want it to be all about intensity, so I used a few winemaking techniques and two types of oak to add some complexity and make it more nuanced.