The original dream belonged to Bill Hepburn. The selection of a vineyard site is of paramount importance and it can take years to find the right piece of terroir. Bill discovered his dream on the west slopes of Mt.Camel in the Heathcote district, planting a 10 acre vineyard of Shiraz vines on 143 acres of rare, north facing Cambrian Earth. It was a modest start, with borrowed equipment, friendly neighbours and supportive family. Bill spent those early years camped in a caravan, which remains on site, not far from a large gum tree under which he built a ‘thunderbox' (the Australian country version of an outdoor toilet).
The cold nights finally got to Bill and he decided it was time to pass the dream on. The Caravan of Dreams Shiraz Pressings is made in Bill Hepburn's honor.
"The 2006 Pressings Shiraz Caravan of Dreams was aged for 18 months in new American oak. It offers an expressive nose of cedar, spice box, pencil lead, game, and blueberry compote. Dense, full-bodied, and structured on the palate, it has a big core of concentrated, savory blue and black fruit, with pepper and chocolate notes making an appearance. Give it 6-8 years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2015 to 2030.
The Wine Advocate
"Ripe, focused and silky, brimming with blackberry and currant fruit, shaded with hints of coconut and almond. The finish lingers expressively. Has a nice hint of minerality. Best from 2009 through 2016. 300 cases made."
"Glass-staining ruby. Fresh black raspberry, candied cherry, cinnamon, cola and clove on the nose. The palate displays darker berries and plum but not at the expense of freshness or clarity. Gains sweetness with air, picking up anise and cedary qualities on the finish. Very elegantly styled shiraz. "
International Wine Cellar