Heathcote is a region renowned for its big, bulbous Shiraz. It can warm your heart in the winter. And there’s nothing better than a glass of Heathcote Shiraz curled up in front of the fire on a chilly winter’s day. We always want to make a classic Heathcote Shiraz. One that is refined and delicate, yet smooth and oaky. One that has a lingering finish and complex character.
Here is our Matilda Reserve Shiraz.
Made from plump berries sourced from a unique easterly-facing single vineyard in Kimbolton, our 2018 Matilda Reserve Shiraz is one of our boldest Reserves yet.
Located on the western banks of Lake Eppalock is this beautiful vineyard. It's easterly facing, so catches the morning rays, and is irrigated by the Lake. Planted in 1996 on loamy soils and owned and operated by Peter Raeburn, this distinctive site produces Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon with crisp acidity every year. Being in the southern pocket of the Heathcote GI, the vineyard is slower ripening, allowing the berries to develop floral and fruit notes. The vineyard is hand-pruned and hand-picked, and the passion Peter has for his vines shows through every year in the exceptional fruit he produces.
Harvested by hand in early March, the wine was aged in seasoned French barriques. Following a second racking in late 2019, the wine was transferred to one new French and two one-year-old American barriques for an additional 5 months, enhancing the vanillaspice characteristics. The wine was bottled on 14 May 2020. Some sediment remains in bottle as the wine was not fined or filtered.
Bottled with cork and meticulously hand labelled, this full-flavoured, fruit driven Shiraz has a spicey, white pepper lingering finish. Palate Black cherry and deep mulberry with a spicy, white pepper finish. Varieties 100% Shiraz. Soil Loam. Maturation In oak (55% French, 45% American); 23 months.