Heirloom Vineyards was conceived in vintage 2000, when a young winemaking student caught the eye of a silly old wine judge. A love story ensued inspired by two vows: To preserve the best of tradition, the old world of wine and our unique old vineyards, and to champion the best clones of each variety, planted in the most appropriate sites, embracing the principles of organic and biodynamic farming.
This Heirloom Vineyards Shiraz was sourced from neighbours the McMurtrie Family’s extraordinary and low yielding old vines, just adjacent to the Salopian Inn, where Ross McMurtrie, Vigneron was born. Hand tended vines, sorted bunch by bunch, naturally open fermented, with regular hand plunging and gentle pumping over to extract colour, flavour and tannin. Aged in some new but mainly 3 and 4 year one-year old French and Bulgarian oak barriques for 16 months.
Deeply coloured, this is a wine as much about its region as variety, no mean feat given the depth of the wine. It's the conjunction of blackberry, black cherry, dark chocolate and neatly introduced tannins to provide the structure. This ticks all the boxes. Drink by: 2037; Price: $40.00; Date Tasted: Sep 2018; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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