Heathcote II Shiraz
A European styled Heathcote Shiraz that was matured in French oak barriques for eighteen to twenty four months. Totally opaque black dark purple colour with a bright dark purple hue. Pronounced aromas of liquorice and ripe blackberries fill the nostrils with following vanillin oak, scorched earth and spice notes. Medium weight the palate is lighter than expected and is a very elegant version of Heathcote Shiraz. It features flavours of blackberries and liquorice over vanillin oak, dried meats, spicy earth and pepper. Dryish finish with fine grained tannins. Concludes with an aftertaste of subtle blackberries, liquorice, spicy vanillin oak, earthy dried meats and light pepper.
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At Heathcote II we do not pick the grapes until they are completely ripe meaning when the flavours and colours are fully developed and not only based on sugar level. We also wait for the seeds in the grapes to turn brown giving us softer tannins in the finished wine. The harvest is usually spread over 3 weeks with only a few rows picked at one time; again ensuring each row is at its optimal ripeness.
Peder is the French trained winemaker and responsible for making the wine. He uses traditional yet modern winemaking techniques taken from his experiences in Europe and the US. The fermentation goes on for 10 to 14 days in small open vats. In order to maximize deep colour and flavour extraction, the fermenting juice is hand-plunged twice a day. This very effective technique was initially developed in Burgundy many years ago and is still considered the most gentle way to extract the essence of the grapes. All the wines are dry and they are aged in the finest French oak