Shiraz, Heathcote

Shiraz is a red grape variety. It is the most widely planted variety in Australia and helped put it on the wine map. It is an adaptable grape that has distinctly regional characteristics from elegant, peppery cool climate styles to sweet and chocolatey (McLaren Vale), muscular, and ripe-fruited (Barossa), to savoury and rich (Hunter Valley). Shiraz was one of the first vine varieties to arrive in Australia in 1832 and is grown in most regions. However, its home is in the Barossa Valley where old vines date back to the 1860s.

The classic, truly Australian blend is Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is also blended with Grenache and Mourvedre (GSM) in warmer climates. In recent years it is increasingly being blended with Viognier to create the Shiraz/Viognier blend.

Shiraz's home is in the Northern Rhône's, Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, in France. It is now also grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others.
Located to the north of the Great Dividing Range in Central Victoria, approximately an hour and a half’s drive from Melbourne, Heathcote is well known for their award winning Shiraz wines, which is characterized in this region by a deep dark ruby colour with a rich silky tannins. The wine region is situated between Bendigo and Goulburn Valley and borders New South Wales to the north. The grapevines of Heathcote are planted along the sides of the hills of Mount Camel. Due to the elevation of the terrain, the cool winds keep the grapes cool and the temperature regulated which aids in a slow and steady process of producing only the finest wines. Another important factor that aids in growing the grapes is the calcium rich Cambrian soil that has good water retention capabilities. Because of this, the wineries of Heathcote rarely need to irrigate their vineyards. Due to these favourable conditions, the wines from Heathcote tend to be extremely rich and flavourful.
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  1. Tyrrell's 'Rufus Stone' Heathcote Shiraz 2019
    The deep rich colour of this wine indicates its intensity. Classic Heathcote Shiraz, the nose is full of regional ripe plum, dark cherries with a pinch of white pepper and sweet vanilla. A rich full wine with a complex structure ... Learn More
  2. Bindi Pyrette Heathcote Shiraz 2019
    This wine balances fruit freshness, red and dark berries and plum, with earthiness and spice. There is brightness and vigour working in with silky texture and finesse. The Pyrette style is founded on seeking harmony and this is what sees ... Learn More
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  3. Tyrrell's 'Lunatiq' Heathcote Shiraz 2018
    Medium colour density with a bright purple hue. The nose shows rich dark fruits with the full array of pepper, charcuterie, and a subtle lift of French Oak. The palate has a richness and softness with dark fruit and chocolate ... Learn More
  4. Hanging Rock Winery Heathcote Shiraz 1998
    The Macedon area has proved marginal in spots and the Hanging Rock vineyards, with their lovely vista towards the rock, are no exception. John Ellis thus elected to source additional grapes from various parts of Victoria to produce an interesting ... Learn More
  5. Jasper Hill	Georgia's Paddock Shiraz 2014
    Jasper Hill and Ron Laughton are true pioneer's and icons in the central Victorian wine region of Heathcote. Deep, dark red colour with a tinge of purple. The bouquet is smoky-oaky and savoury with dominant walnutty dried spice aromas, a ... Learn More
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