Drake Heathcote Shiraz (12pk)
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Soil: Clay & Limestone
Age: 30 years
Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz
Winemaker: Nicholas Crampton
Pack Size: 12 Bottle Pack
Drake: Drake was created by a motley group of winemakers and sommeliers, born from a shared belief in creating thought-provoking wines of individual character and expression.
When looking for a satisfying rich and rewarding Shiraz to warm us on a cold Melbourne night we looked no further than the moderate climate and ancient Cambrian soils of Heathcote in Central Victoria.
2018 Vintage: A cool start to the growing season with plenty of rain events throughout Spring ensuring vine health and vitality was optimised. Although the average Summer temperature was higher than normal, the region didn’t experience any extreme heat days. The late start and the warm days delivered exceptionally complex, intensely flavoured berries whilst maintaining a fine natural acidity in most cases. Tannins and flavours achieved optimum ripeness and this should be considered a very good year.
Tasting Note: A rich and inviting nose, all opulent ripe berries although tempered by sweet spice and earthy savouriness. The palate continues the theme with a supple core of dark berry and blood plum fruits, with oak very much in the background, before velvety tannins and bright acidity shape the finish. A beautifully lush expression of Heathcote Shiraz that is a great by the glass option of for short / medium term cellaring.