Jour­ney Wines

2016 JOUR­NEY HEATH­COTE SHI­RAZ

Halliday - Supplement - - Shiraz & Blends Red Hot & Rated -

RRP $38 / 2036

Wild yeast open-fer­mented with 75% whole berries/25% whole bunches, 20 days on skins, ma­tured in French bar­riques (30% new) for 16 months. If you tasted this wine blind you might think ‘that’s a very nice wine’ and move on, sim­ply be­cause it raised no chal­lenges nor asked any ques­tions. In fact, it’s made by some­one whose knowl­edge about ev­ery facet of wine makes it seem easy, but of course, it’s not. It’s sup­ple, juicy and silky, its fruit span­ning plum to black­berry, and the very ex­pen­sive, high-qual­ity 30% new French oak has been ab­sorbed into the back­drop. 14% alc.

WINE­MAKER Damian North What do you love about this style of wine?

We love the medium weight of our Heath­cote shi­raz – to us it embodies a mod­ern ex­pres­sion of the va­ri­ety from the re­gion. It shows the regional hall­marks of dark berries and dark cho­co­late, framed with vi­brancy, fresh­ness and lower al­co­hol.

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