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The wines of Red Edge, Heathcote, Victoria, Australia

Heathcote, a small region in Victoria has emerged over the last few years as a source of some of Australia's most elegant, expressive Shiraz wines. I've already reviewed two of the leading Heathcote producers, Jasper Hill and Shadowfax, on this site. Red Edge is a relative newcomer, now represented in the UK by Dion Gunson. Peter Dredge (a winemaker) and his wine bought their own block of vines in 1994 – planted originally in 1971, which for this region is about as old as it gets. Yields are low, at around 15 hl/ha, and fermentation is with indigenous yeasts. The wines are aged in a mix of old and new French oak.

Red Edge Jackson’s Vineyard Shiraz 2002
Unusually, this has a splash of Riesling in it. Lovely vivid raspberry, floral, spicy nose. The palate is elegant and midweight with a striking spicy character and good acidity. Not a big wine but a very nice one. Very good/excellent 91/100

Red Edge Shiraz 2002
Fuller nose of ripe, sweet raspberry and blackcurrant fruit. Pure. Lovely spicy elegance on the palate, which is quite expressive with lots of ripe fruit and good acidity. Nicely weighted. Very good/excellent 91/100

See also: the wines of Jasper Hill and Shadowfax

UK agent: Gunson Fine Wines gunsonfinewines@aol.com

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