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2004 MC Heath­cote Shi­raz THE 2004 MC Heath­cote Shi­raz (94 points, $29.90) is the flag­ship for Flynns Wines. MC stands for four clones of shi­raz grafted on to five root­stocks. Al­co­hol can reach high lev­els in Heath­cote, the vivid red Cam­brian soil be­ing al­most too well suited to shi­raz. This wine has 14.5 per cent al­co­hol and is un­am­bigu­ously medium bod­ied; there is ab­so­lutely no sense of heat or dead fruit. In­stead there is a fra­grant bou­quet flow­ing into a palate with black­berry, black cherry plus notes of licorice. Fine tan­nins sus­tain a long and har­mo­nious palate. The 2004 Heath­cote Caber­net Mer­lot (94 points, $25) is sim­i­larly fra­grant and el­e­gant. It has great length and bal­ance, the red and black fruit flavours very fresh, partly at­test­ing to the 14 per cent al­co­hol. The com­po­nents are bas­ket pressed, then ma­tured sep­a­rately in French oak for 14 months be­fore blend­ing. I can­not rec­ol­lect a bet­ter caber­net mer­lot from a re­gion best known for its shi­raz. Phone (03) 5433 6297. James Halliday

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