jamie goode's wine blog: Heathcote Shiraz: regionality in Australia

Friday, December 07, 2007

Heathcote Shiraz: regionality in Australia

Regionality is a bit of a theme in the new world, these days. People are recognizing that there are some sites that are just great for wine growing, which I guess fits in with the notion of terroir. In Australia, one of the buzz regions is Heathcote in Victoria (see here for an introduction to the region), which specializes in Shiraz wines with a real presence and freshness,

Tonight I'm drinking a Heathcote Shiraz with a real sense of place. It tastes like some of the other wines I've had from this region. The fact that, irrespective of winemaker, a certain place can produce wines that resemble each other, is something I find exciting.

Sanguine Estate Shiraz 2004 Heathcote, Australia
This is a really expressive Heathcote Shiraz with a sense of place. The nose is quite fresh with sweet dark fruits together with a bright peppery, meaty character. It's aromatically alive and fruit driven, with a really appealing, almost floral complexity. The palate is ripe, sweet and dekicious, but there's a lovely freshness to the dark fruits which prevents it from becoming over-the-top. It's definitely a warm climate wine, but it's also fresh and expressive, too. 92/100 (16.95 Great Western Wine)

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At 7:49 PM, Blogger Salil said...

Nice one, Jamie. I've been really intrigued by Heathcote Shiraz recently for some of the same reasons you've described. Have loved the richness and depth of flavours they have without losing balance and coming off as too big or too simple (which I've found to be the case with a fair few from the McLaren and Barossa Valley), and I love the sense of place in a lot of them.

Any experience with the Cabernets from there? I've seen some Cabs and Cab blends from there at decent prices here - would be quite interested to give those a try.

At 11:34 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Quite agree, and alas less experience with their cabernets - seems like an interesting region


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