Heathcote II Hd Reserve Shiraz 94awc 2005

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"A powerfully scented bouquet offers vivid blackberry, mulberry, mineral, anise and floral qualities. Deep, fleshy and sweet, with liqueur-like cherry and dark berry flavors, silky texture and a slow-mounting Asian spice character. Brighter red fruits linger on the strikingly long, juicy finish. The "H.D." is for hand-destemmed...92" IWC 10/07 "Substantially more weight and concentration; black fruits, with robust, but not too dry, tannins; very much for the long term...94" Australian Wine Companion 03/07

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Winery: Heathcote II
Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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Heathcote II:
Heathcote II is the product of two individuals, Peder Rosdal and Lionel Flutto and is all about producing premium red wines of the highest quality. The wines are made purely from grapes grown on our Heathcote property and the vines are all dry grown. The yield is naturally very low, rarely exceeding 1.5 tons to the acre, which gives about 22 - 25 hl/hectare. The altitude of the property lies f... Read more
Heathcote II is the product of two individuals, Peder Rosdal and Lionel Flutto and is all about producing premium red wines of the highest quality. The wines are made purely from grapes grown on our Heathcote property and the vines are all dry grown. The yield is naturally very low, rarely exceeding 1.5 tons to the acre, which gives about 22 - 25 hl/hectare. The altitude of the property lies from 220 to 250 meters above sea level and it spans over 80 acres of undulating red Cambrian soil. However only 12 acres are planted into vines. Most of that being Shiraz, with smaller plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The oldest vines have an average age of 10 years. New Plantings in 2004 also included Tempranillo. At Heathcote II we do not pick the grapes until they are completely ripe meaning when the flavours and colours are fully developed and not only based on sugar level. We also wait for the seeds in the grapes to turn brown giving us softer tannins in the finished wine. The harvest is usually spread over 3 weeks with only a few rows picked at one time; again ensuring each row is at its optimal ripeness. Peder is the French trained winemaker and responsible for making the wine. He uses traditional yet modern winemaking techniques taken from his experiences in Europe and the US. The fermentation goes on for 10 to 14 days in small open vats. In order to maximize deep colour and flavour extraction, the fermenting juice is hand-plunged twice a day. This very effective technique was initially developed in Burgundy many years ago and is still considered the most gentle way to extract the essence of the grapes. All the wines are dry and they are aged in the finest French oak barriques for eighteen to twenty four months. Lionel is more involved in the viticulture side where the focus is on achieving balanced vines able to cope with summer stress. With no irrigation, each vine is individually hand pruned to an optimum cropping level where stress is managed for flavor balance and concentration. The dry conditions prevailing most of the year reduce the disease pressure dramatically making it easy to manage the vineyard with minimal chemical sprays. Read less
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"A powerfully scented bouquet offers vivid blackberry, mulberry, mineral, anise and floral qualities. Deep, fleshy and sweet, with liqueur-like cherry and dark berry flavors, silky texture and a slow-mounting Asian spice character. Brighter red fruits linger on the strikingly long, juicy finish. The "H.D." is for hand-destemmed...92" IWC 10/07 "Substantially more weight and concentration; black fruits, with robust, but not too dry, tannins; very much for the long term...94" Australian Wine Companion 03/07

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