2016 JOURNEY HEATHCOTE SHIRAZ
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.