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.
Wild fermented; matured 16 months in mostly seasoned American and French oak barrels. Dashing, slick and transfixing. Inky blackberry, black cherry and satsuma plum fruit delivering density with impressive definition, lifted by violet perfume and set to a grand foundation of fresh licorice. Elena Brooks' signature fine-ground tannins carry a long finish. Drink to: 2034; Price: $40.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2021; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; Tyson Stelzer; James Halliday Wine Companion
5 International Gold Medals
Deep, dark and inky in the glass. Dark-fruited aromas, mulberry, blackberry, spice, brambles, graphite and a whiff of licorice, plenty of complexity here. Rich, dark and layered on the palate, plenty of plummy, fleshy fruit, firm, structured tannins and textured mouth-feel. A very balanced wine built for the long-haul. Date Tasted: August 2021; Drink: 2021 to 2036; Price: $40.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 95 Points; Aaron Brasher; The Real Review
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