Taltarni Heathcote Shiraz 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from Victoria, Australia
A deep purple colour with distinct deep violet edges and a beautiful assortment of chocolate and vanilla aromas supported by big sweet berry red berries and fresh ripe plums. Released in limited quantities, Taltarni Heathcote Shiraz is a rich flavoured wine to enjoy young and fresh. Cellaring for 10 years and more.
The 500 million year old volcanic soil that makes up Heathcote's unique topography has long been regarded as the reason for such exceptional shiraz. Known as Cambrian earth, the red soil of Heathcote, like the Terra Rossa soil of Coonawarra, is noted for producing wines hallmarked by intense fruit characters and chocolate mint tones.
Sourced from a single vineyard, Taltarni Heathcote Shiraz is cold soaked, fermented on skins for 11 days, then undergoes malo-lactic fermentation in American hogsheads. It is then matured for 16 months in American oak. It is crafted to reflect the distinctive style of the Heathcote terroir and set to complement Taltarni's great family of superb Victorian red wines.
Australian Wine Companion - "Bright colour; backward and unevolved black fruit bouquet, with a strong savoury mineral streak at its core; full-bodied, dark, dense and brooding palate, with precise red and black fruits and fine tannin to conclude."
Established in 1969, Taltarni was one of the founding wineries in the iron-rich Pyrenees wine region in Victoria. John Goelet, a direct descendant of the Guestier wine merchant family of Bordeaux, discovered the Taltarni Vineyard through a worldwide search for a site comparable to the great vineyards of Bordeaux. From the outset, Taltarni has a strong French influence with the initial plantings of Bordeaux varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Soon after, Taltarni extended its plantings with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay. The Goelet family also sources Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Taltarni has built its reputation on elegant sparkling wines that are crafted using methode traditionale techniques, as wells as producing exceptional red and white wines. The distinctive labels, featuring a 17th century cartouche, represent the attention to detail and the French elegance and finesses that are hallmarks of all Taltarni wines. View all Taltarni Wines
About VictoriaView a map of Victoria wineries
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 the cool-climate Yarra Valley, Yarra Valley, a producer of quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well the warmer 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 gets 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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3 ratings, 1 with reviewrichard hirsch - Denver, CO44/16/201234/12/2012
Not a big fan of this one, but it could be because it was a Syrah/Shiraz combo. I'm more a fan of Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a screw cap bottle and I'm just not ready to give up the corks yet!312/30/2011
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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%.
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