Heathcote Estate Shiraz 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from Victoria, Australia
The wine is rich and bold yet balanced with finely grained tannins and a powerful finish. The dark, dense red color reflects the ripe powerful nose of blackberry and raspberry with nuances of cedar, chocolate and spice. Flavors are a subtle combination of dark berry fruits integrated with complex oak and mixed spices. The wine features soft supple tannins, seamless integration of oak and acid with a long rich lingering finish. A powerful wine packed with flavor and complexity, embodying the affinity between the Heathcote region and the shiraz grape.
Australian Wine Companion - "Dense purple-crimson; typical mouthfilling array of generously proportioned blackberry, licorice and spice fruit; alcohol, tannins and oak all appropriate."
The Wine Advocate - "Owned by Yabby Lake Group, this vineyard is located next to Jasper Hill’s 'Emily's Paddock.' Matured 18 months in predominately French oak (10% American), 30% new, this full-bodied 2006 Shiraz gives a very deep garnet color and black cherry and blackberry aromas with a little menthol, mace and pepper. The richness of fruit on the palate is nicely offset by crisp acid and textured with a medium level of rounded tannins. The finish is long and peppery. Ready to drink now, this wine should keep to 2017+."
Heathcote Estate Winery
A single vineyard. A single wine. A single focus. Exceptional Shiraz. Inspired by the amazing depth and character of Heathcote Shiraz, the Bialkower and Kirby families selected a rare and ideal location to produce an ultra-premium Shiraz to rival Australia's finest. Heathcote Estate was established in 1999 as a boutique producer solely focused on the production of one wine - a single vineyard Shiraz. The Bialkower and Kirby families shared vision of excellence is reflected by their single minded focus towards quality across all parts of the winemaking process. View all Heathcote Estate Wines
From stickies to Pinot Noir, Victoria is varied in its wines. The southernmost state of Australia, Victoria is third in wine production, after South Australia and New South Wales. The state is home to Yarra Valley as well as other cool climate growing regions, and yet, it also houses the regions of Rutherglen & Glenrowan. These two areas are hot and dusty and famous for their sweet, fortified stickies.
Notable FactsLots of coastline gives Victoria a cool climate, appropriate for growing grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Many new regions are discovering their growing potential – especially with these grapes. Inland is a bit warmer, and some of the best fortified wines are made here,as well as some good shiraz. Victoria also makes the most Sparking Shiraz.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.