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The wines of Heritage Wines, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Heritage Wines, Seppeltsfield Road, Marananga, South Australia 5352
Tel: +61 8 8562 2880 Fax: +61 8 8562 2692
website: http://member.melbpc.org.au/~sjdew/indexh.html

Heritage wines was one of the first wineries I visited. This was in 1996 on a trip to Australia, and it was half way through a day spent cycling through the gently hilly Barossa, and before I adopted the practice of spitting (if I recall correctly, we started at Charles Melton, then called in at St Hallett, and Heritage was on the way back from Seppelt). I don’t remember a great deal about the tasting, other than the wines were OK. How times change.

A few years on, and I tried the range again. This time Steve Hoff’s wines showed consistently very well. He has 20 acres of vineyards and buys from 4 growers, and has been going it alone since 1984 – before this he used to be at Saltram. The wines spend 12–14 months in American oak, and show what I’d class as real Barossa typicity.

Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
Rich, ripe nose with intense blackcurrant fruit. Nice balance on the palate which has a savoury edge to the ripe berry fruit. Impressive. Very good/excellent

Heritage Shiraz 2001
Very intense, spicy, chocolatey nose is rich and full, dominated by berry and blackcurrant fruit. Lively palate with a spicy edge. Unusual. Very good/excellent

Rossco’s Shiraz 2001
Opaque purple colour. Lovely, concentrated, intense Shiraz with smooth structure, good balance and nicely poised liquoricey fruit. Tasty stuff. Very good/excellent 

see also: tasting notes of Australian wines

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