Veritas Shiraz Barossa Valley Heysen Vineyard 1997
95 points Robert Parker: The most enjoyable for drinking now are the two 1997s, a theme that was repeated time and time again in this Australian tasting. The 1997 Shiraz Hanisch Vineyard was one of the most complex and drinkable wines we tasted, and was far more evolved than its massive stablemate, the 1998, or the more rustic 1996. Sweet plum, fig, cassis, and blackberry characteristics are followed by a full-bodied, gorgeously proportioned wine displaying no evidence of tannin or wood. This beautiful 1997 should hold for another 7-8 years, but there is no reason to defer your gratification. (Jun 2009)
The vines in the vineyard were pruned and trellised in November (Spring), and their long shoots needed to be trained along the trellis. This was a vigorous growing time for the vines, and leading up to this vintage, we saw some of them already producing the small bunches of inflorescences (flowers) that will eventually become fruit.