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Whistling Eagle Eagles Blood Heathcote Shiraz 2003

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The Eagles Blood Shiraz is the ultimate expression of transition from Cambrian Earth to wine that displays spectacular colour, depth of flavour and balance. The vineyards are low yielding and kept in balance with the Terrior. The winemaking is seemingly effortless, yet done with meticulous care. Eagles Blood Shiraz is the perfect expression of Terrior.

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Winery: Whistling Eagle
Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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Whistling Eagle:
Situated in the northern part of the Heathcote wine-growing region, perched on the Greenstone Range above the township of Colbinabbin, Whistling Eagle Vineyard produces outstanding wines that admirably reflect the balance between viticulture and the environment. The ancient Cambrian Earth in this region is perfect for creating extraordinary wines. The Eagles Blood Shiraz is the ultimate expre... Read more
Situated in the northern part of the Heathcote wine-growing region, perched on the Greenstone Range above the township of Colbinabbin, Whistling Eagle Vineyard produces outstanding wines that admirably reflect the balance between viticulture and the environment. The ancient Cambrian Earth in this region is perfect for creating extraordinary wines. The Eagles Blood Shiraz is the ultimate expression of transition from Cambrian Earth to wine that displays spectacular colour, depth of flavour and balance. Since winemaker Ian Rathjen's limited first vintage of shiraz in '1997', Whistling Eagle vineyard has earned a reputation for fruit grown to textbook perfection, with flavour profile and composition beautifully balanced to create the ultimate wine experience. Each wine is created to reflect the region, the terrior and the environment. Ian's Great Grandfather, Henning Rathjen was born on the 1st of April 1826 in German region of Schleswig Holstein. Henning was lured to Victoria by the gold rush in the 1850's, but with only moderate success at finding gold he decided to turn his hand back to farming which he understood. In the late 1850's the land around Colbinabbin, north of Heathcote, was opened for selection and Henning along with two mates made the trip by horse and dray to Colbinabbin. After the long journey following a rugged bush track the party arrived on the west side of the Colbinabbin range. The next day Henning awoke early and scrambled to the top of the range. There he was amazed by the beautiful panorama the opened before him, and when he returned to the camp Henning exclaimed, "We have struck Paradise!" These early settlers worked up to 16 hours a day cultivating the rich and ancient soils of Colbinabbin. In the 1860's Henning Rathjen planted the first Vineyard in the Colbinabbin district. The Red and white Hermitage vines thrived in the rich red soils of Colbinabbin and his wines won accolades at the local wine shows. The original vines no longer exist, however the structure of the original wine cellar still remains today. Ian is the fourth generation of Rathjens, to till the rich, fertile soils of the Colbinabbin district. Ian began his forte into winemaking with the first vintage of Shiraz in 1997. The batch size was a mere 10 bottles and since then has grown substantially. The first commercial vintage of Eagles Blood Shiraz was produced in 1999. Henning Rathjen's vision in the 1850's continues today the family is devoted to its preservation through the creation of fine wines and maintaining natural harmony with the land. Read less

The Eagles Blood Shiraz is the ultimate expression of transition from Cambrian Earth to wine that displays spectacular colour, depth of flavour and balance. The vineyards are low yielding and kept in balance with the Terrior. The winemaking is seemingly effortless, yet done with meticulous care. Eagles Blood Shiraz is the perfect expression of Terrior.

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