Eat & Drink New Releases 2001 Hanging Rock Heathcote Shiraz
Following the sensational 2000 Heathcote was going to be a hard act, but this wine has done a Steve Waugh and come out blazing to defy the odds. This vintage may not have the enormous long term potential of the previous vintage, but it has lovely depth of fruit, hints of terrior-driven pepper, spice and dark cherry fruit, and it has effectively absorbed a large dose of fine US oak. For those who want classic comparisons, it is more of the fragrant Cote Rotie shiraz style with richly textured Australian alcohol and depth. The tannins show in a dusty balance to the ripe fruit giving a silky mouthfeel that already gives great pleasure with rich winter meaty dishes.
Cellar if you can, if you missed the 2000 grab some of this.
Food match: Lamb shanks or Heidi Tilsit